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House GOP Looks For Dem Defectors--Health Care Edge: Brought to You by American Medical Association

November 15, 2013

House GOP Looks For Dem Defectors

Congressional Democrats' tone was noticeably calmer yesterday after President Obama announced a "fix" to address the uproar over canceled insurance plans and his "If you like your plan, you can keep it" pledge. But that doesn't mean the party is out of the woods on Obamacare, or that the one-two punch of a broken website and a broken promise has suddenly vanished as a major 2014 issue.

Today will provide a good chance to measure Democratic angst: How many of them will break with the White House to support Rep. Fred Upton's bill to preserve existing insurance plans? Let's set the over/under at 22--that's the existing record for Democratic "yes" votes on a stand-alone anti-Obamacare bill the White House opposes. The record was set this past summer, on a bill to delay the law's individual mandate right after the White House delayed its employer mandate.

If significantly more Democrats defect this time, it'll be a sign that the party's fears have grown--and that they're still afraid of Obamacare next year, despite party leaders' outward confidence.

Sam Baker

Top News

By Sophie Novack and Clara Ritger


THE WHITE HOUSE ANNOUNCES ITS FIX TO INSURANCE CANCELLATIONS. The administrative fix will allow insurers to extend plans that don't meet ACA standards another year. But it's up to state commissioners and insurance companies to decide.

THE PRESIDENT'S OBAMACARE FIX IS ABOUT TO CREATE A BIG MESS. Insurance companies are going to scramble to get this together, and premiums could go up.

THE PRESIDENT'S OBAMACARE FIX JUST MIGHT WORK. Insurance companies are mad because Obama is striking back against the practice of rolling consumers into very expensive plans.

INSURANCE COMPANIES WAVER ON PROPOSED OBAMACARE FIX. It is unclear whether they could reverse the millions of cancellations already sent to consumers.

CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS NOT FULLY SATISFIED WITH OBAMACARE FIX. Some Senators are still lining up behind Landrieu's proposal, and she announced she's pushing forward. House Democrats plan to unveil their own proposal.

I LOST MY CONGRESSIONAL SEAT AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS CRAPPY WEBSITE. Former members of Congress weigh in on Obamacare.

SENATE REPUBLICANS POUNCE ON OBAMACARE WOES. The usually sleepy Senate chamber crackled with the sounds of confident Republicans.

SENATE REPUBLICANS TELL WHITE HOUSE THEY BETTER NOT GIVE UNIONS A DEAL. The GOP sent a letter expressing its discontent toward a regulation that could allow unions a break from the Affordable Care Act's reinsurance fee.

FLORIDA: ONE INSURER ANNOUNCES COVERAGE EXTENSION. Florida Blue has decided to allow consumers to keep their 2013 coverage, in accordance with Obama's announcement.

THANKS TO OBAMACARE, NOW REPUBLICANS ARE THE ONES WHO FEEL YOUR PAIN. They struggled to connect with voters during the years they warned about the law. Now that it took effect, they're finally getting somewhere.

INSURANCE COMPANIES AREN'T ADVERTISING OBAMACARE. Blue Cross Blue Shield is the only one to make the president's health law the centerpiece of a marketing campaign.

CRUZ ISN'T DONE TRYING TO REPEAL OBAMACARE. The senator said he will continue to try to repeal and replace the health care law,in an interview on Fox News.

E-CIGARETTE MARKETING IS WORKING. Use of emerging tobacco products has grown dramatically among young people in recent years, according to a new CDC report.

Happening Today

HOUSE TO VOTE ON UPTON BILL. The Keep Your Health Plan Act is expected to get its moment on the floor Friday.

HEARING ON FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION SAFETY AND INNOVATION ACT. The House Energy and Commerce Committee will review its implementation at 10 a.m.


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