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August 1, 2015

Obamacare Meeting Set for Senate Democrats, White House Aides

Majority Leader Harry Reid (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Majority Leader Harry Reid (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Democrats will hold a closed-door full caucus meeting Thursday with Obama administration officials to discuss their growing concerns with problems in the health care law, Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday.

The Nevada Democrat also said that President Barack Obama called him late Tuesday night to discuss an array of issues, including the problems with the health care law and its rollout.

“There are many questions about health care, and that’s why tomorrow we’re having a full caucus … the White House is going to be there,” Reid said.

The majority leader declined to say whether he would bring to the floor amendments from Democratic senators that would make changes to the Affordable Care Act. Some of the key changes being proposed even by Democrats include bills to delay the individual mandate penalty payments as well as legislation to grandfather in individual’s old insurance plans that likely would get cancelled in the reformed system.

The bill to grandfather in existing health care plans that don’t meet ACA standards — proposed by Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La. — has been picking up a little steam among Democrats in recent days, with Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California and Jeff Merkley of Oregon announcing their support this week. The measure is aimed at making good on Obama’s promise that people who liked their existing health insurance plans could keep them under the Obamacare law. That has turned out to not be true for millions of Americans.

On Wednesday, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the president shares the goal of the Landrieu bill, but he stopped short of endorsing it.

“We’re going to work with her and work with others,” Carney said.

Steven T. Dennis contributed to this report.

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  1. Susan Kraemer

    Nov. 13, 2013
    5:09 p.m.

    I wish they would simply smooth out the subsidy cliff, rather than make it a competition between the healthy and the sick again, by threatening the premise of ACA: that there will be no more discrimination/bankruptcies for those unlucky enough to get sick.

    Why not: “If you like your premium, you can keep your premium.”

    Right bang in the middle of the nation’s middle class, the subsidy ends. Earn a dollar too much and suddenly you pay full fare; as much as twice as much as your neighbor making a dollar less. For healthy individual policy owners that is a hike: now they are the losers.

    Don’t make either the healthy or the sick the loser. Subsidise up to higher icome trigger and a lot of those “but I liked my cheap plan” sticker shock complaints will end.

  2. papal

    Nov. 13, 2013
    7:15 p.m.

    They could have avoided the entire cluster by accepting the repubs second shutdown offer, now they are in the corner and shouldn’t expect the repubs to get them out.

  3. monacall

    Nov. 14, 2013
    9:53 a.m.

    repeal this whole thing….impeach obozo and be done with it…..get that traitor out of this country…..

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