House Republicans Mask Obamacare Sabotage in Bill that Would Extend Existing Policies

boehner-point-laughWhile reading up on the bill House Republicans (along with a few Democrats) passed to “fix” the issue the Affordable Care Act has had relating to Americans losing their current health insurance, I noticed something which shouldn’t shock liberals — they’re still trying to sabotage the healthcare law.

You’d think with President Obama saying he wanted to allow people to stay on their current insurance plans for another year — and many Republicans saying the same thing — this would be an easy fix, right?

Well, nothing is easy when you’re dealing with Republicans who are actively trying to ensure the healthcare law fails.

See, the House of Representatives did pass a bill that would allow Americans to keep their existing insurance for another year.  But what else did they do?  They want to allow these insurance companies to continue selling these substandard policies to new customers.

Because that’s a great idea, right?  Let’s mandate people buy insurance this year, allow insurance companies to continue to offer substandard cut-rate policies that millions of newly insured Americans will undoubtedly flock to, then next year even more Americans will face policy cancellations.

In other words, Republicans are actively trying to get more Americans signed up for policies that will eventually have to be upgraded so that the outrage is even greater the next time it happens.

While I fully support the idea of allowing Americans to stay on their current insurance for another year (if for no other reason than to buy us time to find a real solution for this issue) it’s ridiculous to pass this extension with a provision that allows these insurance companies to continue selling these substandard policies to new customers.

It’s a blatant attempt by Republicans to sabotage the healthcare law.  They know millions of Americans purchasing insurance for the first time would sign up for these plans, and if they’re cancelled again next year, they’d have even more Americans angry over cancellations and rate hikes.

This extension is meant to help those who have had insurance but have faced cancellations, to keep their current plans longer.  It’s not meant to allow these insurance companies to continue to sell polices that don’t meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

Which is what caused this problem to begin with.  These companies knew what the requirements under the Affordable Care Act were going to be, yet continued to offer plans that didn’t meet those requirements.

The House bill would continue to allow these companies to do that exact same thing for another year.  Which “fixes” absolutely nothing.

But like I said, the bill passed by the House wasn’t just an extension for Americans to keep their current plans at least another year — it was meant to sabotage the law.  That way next year, if a real solution for this issue isn’t found, we’d have even more Americans being dropped from their policies.

It’s just true hypocrisy from the GOP.  Republicans all across the country complaining about the flaws in “Obamacare” while doing everything they possibly can to make the law fail.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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