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39 Dems Fall Away Even After Obama’s ‘Fix’ to Sway Vote

Pelosi rails against Upton bill: "The stories are so glorious and so beautiful about what a difference the Affordable Care Act has made to families."

Bridget Johnson


November 15, 2013 - 1:30 pm
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WASHINGTON — The House passed a bill today to allow people to keep their current health insurance plans with just enough Democratic crossovers to keep the White House nervous.

President Obama’s announcement on Thursday that he would defer enforcement of the minimum coverage requirements for healthcare plans for a year was an effort to upend the swelling bipartisan support for the bill offered by House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.).

The message given to the Dem caucus, by both Obama and party leaders, was that legislation wasn’t needed to soothe their angry constituents because the administration had stepped in with a fix. Still, 39 Democrats crossed over to vote in favor of the Upton bill before the House recessed for the weekend.

The bill passed easily, 261-157. Four Republicans voted “no”: Reps. Jim Bridenstine (R-Mich.), Paul Broun (R-Ga.), Ralph Hall (R-Texas) and Tom Massie (R-Ky.).

Broun, a doctor, said he voted against the Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013 because it “does nothing to address Obamacare in the long-term.”

“We need to focus on real reform that will actually lower costs and deliver quality care, not waste time with another delay or ‘fix,’” Broun said, noting he’d hosted a constituent conference call last night where “90 percent” wanted full repeal over a short-term fix.

Shortly before the vote, Bridenstine tweeted, “Obama’s attempt to rule by decree is unconstitutional, and dangerous to our republic.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), railing against the Upton bill on the floor before the vote, accused it of doing “violence” to Obamacare.

“The idea that it was helping consumers was the Trojan horse whose underbelly is poisonous in terms of the health and well-being of the American people,” Pelosi said.

Yet not only did the bill advance to the floor, a fair chunk of the caucus melted away even with an administrative fix and talk of a Democratic alternative to the Upton bill.

Voting in favor were Reps. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.), John Barrow (D-Ga.), Ami Bera (D-Calif.), Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.), Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), Julia Brownley (D-Calif.), Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.), Jim Costa (D-Calif.), Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Bill Enyart (D-Ill.), Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.), Bill Foster (D-Ill.), Pete Gallego (D-Texas), John Garamendi (D-Calif.), Joe Garcia (D-Fla.), Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Ann McLane Kuster (D-N.H.), Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa), Dan Maffei (D-N.Y.), Sean Maloney (D-N.Y.), Jim Matheson (D-Utah), Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.), Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.), Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.), Rick Nolan (D-Minn.), Bill Owens (D-N.Y.), Scott Peters (D-Calif.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Collin Peterson (D-Mich.), Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.), Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.Y.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Filemon Vela (D-Texas), and Tim Walz (D-Minn.).

Pelosi said she wanted a bill that essentially mirrored the administration’s fix-it offered yesterday, with a temporary extension of policies under the requirement that insurance companies advise customers of all the extras they receive with Obamacare and what their options are in the marketplace. That alternative was killed by a point of order.

“The stories are so glorious and so beautiful about what a difference the Affordable Care Act has made to families, especially those with small children or those with pre-existing conditions, and to seniors,” Pelosi said, encouraging legislation that gave state insurance commissioners authority to “investigate and act upon rate increases as well as the nature of these letters that were sent out without the integrity that they should have had.”

Rep. Rob Andrews (D-N.J.) warned on the floor that with old plans existing Obamacare might not survive.

“If anyone who wants to can buy one of these cars without an air bag, or cars without seat belts — and that’s what these plans are — then you will find that the new marketplaces don’t have enough people in them,” he said. “And when they don’t have enough people in them, the rates will rise.”

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47 weeks ago
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deferring this mess for a year, is simply kicking the can down the road,

Don't kick the can down the road, fix it or get rid of it.

Nobody can make plans for such insurance reform when the plans are changeable and short term.
48 weeks ago
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Thank you for all your writings, you're the best!
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
Pelosi was feeling a bit under-the-weather. She had an upset stomach and called her specialist, Dr Mengele.

"Doc, I'm not feeling well. I have an upset stomach and horrible gastritis and I think I ate something that wasn't good for me."

Dr Mengele pondered the situation, stroked his chin and said, "Hm....Madam Schpeaker, I vould sug-chest zat you schleep und try to relax. Das dischcomfort vill mozt likely not lascht too very long. "

Nancy responded, "OK....but do you think it's something I ate or something that might be IN something I ate? I mean, we had a chef come from one of those ikky countries full of funny-looking people and I'm just SURE he put something in my dinner. I could see how he was looking at me. I mean....maybe he put something in my dinner that could kill me."

"I sink mebbe not so much, madam schpeaker. But...if it trubblez you zat much, mebbe you should bring in a schtool zample und zo I can egg-zamin it."

"Why should I do that?"

"Be-cuss....madame schpeaker, you haff to pass it in order to find owt vat's in it. verstehen-zie?"

"WELL....I'm not going to do THAT. That's disgusting! Who in their right mind would do such a thing? I mean, it would be better for me to keep a better eye on what I eat so that I don't have to suffer later, don't you think?"

"Ya, I sink so too, ya. Das ist a gud idea. See zat you follow zat egg-zleent advice frum now on. Guten abend." *click*
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48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
Great satire! But it rings true, too. In fact, I've been feeling lately that the entire parade of progressive zealots are not real people at all, but just actors in a magnificently written satire called Obamaworld. Seriously. I truly find it hard to believe that such immense stupidity can be anything but pure fabrication.
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
Seems that President 'I did not know that' did not know anything about Obamacare either, what a surprise.................NOT! . What use to America is a President who knows NOTHING about anything except Golf and perpetual fund raising and campaigning.
48 weeks ago
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The desperation has set in and the RACE CARD is being played by the CHARLATANS. OBOZO declared 'I'm sorry I mislead you' but DOZY Pelosi and a host of other disgusting DemocRATS declare 'Obozo NEVER mislead anyone' . So they can't agree amongst themselves and they STILL cant stop LYING.

Its not because he is BLACK its because he is RED.
48 weeks ago
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amazing that B.O. can say he mislead, and Pelosi can then say that he didn't.

What idiots, and this passes for intelligence by the media, but then the media loved the story about what an accomplished liar Clinton was.
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
Pelosi is insane. She needs help. Is she still hiring illegal aliens in her vineyard?
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
Obama's latest two step plan (aka, the final solution):
1) If you like your mortician, you can keep your mortician.
2) If you like your coffin, you can keep your coffin.
48 weeks ago
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"Let's pass it, so we can find out what's in it" will be Pelosi's legacy, period
48 weeks ago
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Absolutely ruthless woman.
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