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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  • Bine646

    Its funny how the push for Obamacare was the basis that everyone needs health insurance, everyone deserves health insurance. “You have insurance, you keep it” This is for the people without it. Now that insurance companies are dropping existing customers, its “well your insurance is substandard” which is pretty much saying- your insurance sucks. Well, it is still insurance, i still pay for it myself (not govt assistance) and it was my choice- what ever happened to freedom?

    • regressive rightwing trash

      freedom? so— u decide u don’t want 2 pay social security or medicare? u don’t bitch about that do u? U better get back to the regressive white trash FOX “news” so U can cry some more about “taking back our country”

      • Bine646

        Gonna compare Obamacare to Social security huh? It took social security years to become a problem- obamacare is a disaster since its launch hahaha. How can you go that far over budget and produce a product like that- goodjob Obama, goodjob

      • James Schroder

        Remind me again what the republican plan was for fixing runaway health care costs and millions of Americans not having adequate health care. Oh, I guess you haven’t been around that long, have you Mr. Moron.

      • Bine646

        Alright- mr, know thats more like it. How do you think we are going to pay for nearly 500k signed up for medicaid/care vs the 22k signed up for obamacare? Thats the real issue here- higher taxes? See its not an issue for you- you are 1)old 2) overweight 3) old. So you see, since you are clearly in poor health, you will not pick up the burden of this horrible law- i will. If i am “successful” Ill be taxed. I am healthy (not huge like you) so i will pay more. Not gonna work bc the only ones pushing for this are old overweight unhealthy people like you or individuals who cannot take care of themselves.

      • regressive rightwing trash

        hey fuckface—- im not old….not overweight ( 6’2 210 basketball/surfing/weightlifting lbs) and in SUPOERIOR health. If U consider social security ( and medicare) a disaster/ nightmare ETAL then why not TRY 2 NOT pay into them and see how U are treated? I will pay the fine( who f*cking cares??) and then crybabies such as U will cry en masse as U watch FOX “news” and rail Benghazi/ fast and furious/ obamas spending/ gas prices ert hoc genus omne so U can cry as all ur dead white trash do ….. cry and cry and have no remedies. –lachrymose regressive white trash

      • Bine646

        haha not old or overweight but you are not very smart- seeing as those comments were directed to James hahahaha NUGGGGET SAY WHATTT. Talk about butchering grammar- holy hell. As for “paying the fine” do it, that will weaken Obamacare even more bc it relies on young healthy individuals to enroll, you choosing not too and paying the fine goes against it- perfect. As for social security and medicare being a disaster, maybe you need to put down the weights and learn something- those are unsustainable programs- this is nothing new, well i guess it is to someone as ignorant as you

      • regressive rightwing trash

        hey kreskin: I don’t care if I weaken or strengthen the ACA,,,all I care about is MY life and the ‘pursuit of happiness’ — and if social security is ” unsustainable” they WHYwhyWHY the regressive greedy rightwing shitbags TRYING to privatize it>????? beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee — cause they see the HUGE profit in that all-time Ponzi scheme. As 4 butchering grammar I misspelled one word. Shouldn’t U now run 3 weeks of nonstop programming upon that for FOX “news” as they are drying up with anything of value? Im apologetic to U as I see U do NOT have the acumen to understand some of the arcane PROPER English used above…my FAUX PAS!!! and the crybaby comment about putting down weights generally comes from mollusks who never exercise( XBOX does NOT count) — NOTE: Im a basketball player who surfs and lifts weights. NOT a bodybuilder who cannot do anything else- try your infantile epithet elsewhere little fella

      • Bine646

        bahahahahahaha

    • LogicPrevailing

      You enjoy your current insurance NOW. What happens if you get into a car accident? Or get a life-threatening illness and suddenly your sub-par insurance doesn’t cover it? Your epitaph will read: “Well, at least I got to keep my policy”.

      • Bine646

        Called being in control of your destiny- govt shouldnt be in charge of that- unless you think you are not capable of doing it yourself? thats pretty sad

      • James Schroder

        The problem is, moron, that after your tissue paper policy stops paying for your health care, MY INSURANCE pays for your health care. Stop mooching off of me and pay your own damned way. We call that Personal Responsibility.

      • Bine646

        Moron? Love it grandpa- dont get too upset hahaha. Hows this math- 440k enrolled in medicaid/care vs 22k enrolled in Obamacare- how you think thats gonna work tank?

      • strayaway

        The problem is that the President repeatedly lied to bring us a program which has so far put millions of more people on the street without insurance than it has provided insurance. Given the choice between having an insurance policy or not having an insurance policy because it didn’t provide such bells and whistles as keeping kids on one’s policy until age 26, birth control options, and, of course, the options of paid for sex change operations, most people with the old policies would probably have choses to remain insured.

        “Let the beatings continue until morale improves.”

  • telulikeitis

    The Rethugs make me sick.

    • regressive rightwing trash

      they provide a near-unlimited source of levity for me: especially trash such as Hannity and glenn beck and michelle “no tits& hating her life” malkin. Huckabee does make me sick but im enjoying watching his ( as well as Hannity’s and becks’ ) waistline proliferate

  • Darrell West

    All of that President would get the last laugh

  • Brenda Porter

    Although I don’t even like letting people keep their crap policies for another year, because of the harm it will cause in implementing the ACA, I believe there is a middle ground. Grandfather in all the existing policies, but do not let insurers sell any to new customers. New policies should comply with the law. It won’t be long before people realize what they have ain’t worth what they are paying, and they will go away on their own.

    • Bine646

      aint worth what they are paying for- so they will realize they should pay more for a policy and use less of what it has to offer- all bc our government said so- freeeeedommmmm

      • Brenda Porter

        Can’t fix stupid or legislate intelligence. I’ve been paying premiums for 35 years, and so far, haven’t been treated for erectile dysfunction or an enlarged prostrate.

      • Bine646

        hahaha i think you need to look into the “essential” under obamacare- for one, men will be paying for maternity care or childcare even if they are not married and do not have kids.

      • Brenda Porter

        Like I said, can’t fix stupid. Men will not be paying for *childcare*, unless they have children who are on their family plan.Duh! 80% of Americans are insured directly or indirectly by employer benefits, most are group plans and everyone in the group gets the same policy and coverage. Google *health insurance risk pools*. But only if you want to learn something. Otherwise, enjoy your life in the bubble, while it lasts.

      • Bine646

        hahahaha i think you need to do alittle research because you are proving you cannot fix stupid. This is why they are dropping the existing policies bc they do not have all the “essentials” required by obamacare. You see, might be hard in your bubble, everyone, even 50 yr old single males, are forced to pay for things like maternity care and child care (even if they do not have children or a wife) bc it lowers the cost for everyone. If men were not charged for these procedures they will never use, the excuse is that womens insurance would be way higher bc of this. So you see, yes infact we are paying for things now that we will never use- its not hard to discover this, its been documented everywhere, guess just not on liberal sites like this

  • califcowgirl1955

    Doesn’t the GOP Tea Party have anything better to do? Like work on jobs, or infra structure or immigration or education or safe food and air quality? “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results”

    • Bine646

      funny that those “insane” people were right- obamacare rollout was a disaster and should of been delayed a year. Just like Barack did for big business- but you are ok with that

      • califcowgirl1955

        No matter what he does, those same people will damn him. If it was 100% correct Issa would want to launch another investigation. The GOP Tea Party would hold another repeal vote. So don’t me tell me that you are okay with the GOP and their attitude towards President Obama, it is disgraceful the way he has been treated from the start.
        President Obama is once again going along with the GOP, this is what they ask for. One year for those folks that bought junk policies after 2010 to get it together. But,, in the newest House bill they want people to be able to continue to buy junk policies, so one year from now the Tea Partiers will still be douche bags.
        So once again you are okay with the GOP wasting time trying to repeal Affordable Health Care, instead of stay let’s move on and learn to work with the President to do what is good for the American People who voted us in to office, cause I am almost sure a lot of Republicans are saying enough, cause their approval rating is 6%……..Time for them to look in the mirror to make changes. 2014 is going see the end of this nonsense.

      • Bine646

        Now are these policies junk bc you did the research and deemed them as such or are you taking a lying politicians word for it? See the issue began as- people without insurance are ruining the system but not its, people with insurance are ruining the system. You may need a government to assist you in living and making decisions in your life but thats not for everyone- some are, i know it sounds crazy, self reliant aka taking care of yourself or deciding what is best for you.

      • califcowgirl1955

        you’d think that insurance companies would never have considered sending policy discontinuation notices to their policyholders until forced to do so by Obamacare. The truth: they have always done this when profits were at stake.”

      • Bine646

        hahaha trying to deflect i see. Listen, they cancelled these insurance options strictly bc obamacare has made them do so- for no other reason whats so ever. And here is some more truth- insurance companies had a hand in writing the ACA, you think they looked out for their profits or for the people?

  • strayaway

    The president didn’t say “he wanted to allow people to stay on their current insurance plans for another year”, he issued a dictatorial order to overturn a part of the (un)ACA and legislated a change in that law to quiet the press about this problem until after the 2014 election.

    Not mentioned int he article was that Sen. Mary Landrieu has a similar bill to the bill passed in the House which could be reconciled with the House passed bill. Some compromises have to be made but that is how laws are supposed to be made. Dictatorial fiat is an unacceptable alternative to Constitutional law except with our spineless Congress and some posters here.

    To the extent, though, that the President “wanted to allow people to stay on their current insurance plans for another year”, many posters here seem to be at odds with the President insisting instead that all these Americans who have lost their insurance because of the (un)ACA are somehow better off without insurance. Even the President is now disagreeing with that at least until the 2014 election.

  • Marla

    I am completely satisfied with my current private ins policy. Under ACA the same coverage would be 75% higher witha an even higher deductible So talk about substandard