House to vote on health care plan

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November 15, 2013, 6:05 am
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(NECN/NBC News: Tracie Potts) - In Washington Friday, House Republicans are expected to vote on a fix that would allow Americans to keep health plans that have been canceled.

It's different than what President Obama proposed.

Millions of Americans who have their insurance plans canceled because they don't meet minimum standards are up in the air this morning, as Washington tries to come up with the way to make good on the president's promise.

Do you like your plan? Keep your plan. That's what the House votes on Friday.

Republicans have one version and Democrats have another.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi said, "It is complementary to what the president has done."

Under pressure to keep his promise, President Obama proposed that insurance companies extend canceled health plans for one year.

He says those plans may be cheap but don't cover much.

He said, "They get sick and suddenly the insurance company says 'Oh, I'm sorry, you owe $50,000 and that's not covered.'"

But the administration cannot force state insurance commissions to extend or reinstate those plans. Some have already said they won't.

The insurance industry complained it's wrong to change the rules in the middle of the game.

Robert Laszewski of Health Policy & Strategy Associates said, "This is nothing more than the president throwing the potato, the hot political potato, about cancellations back to the insurance companies and he puts them in a hell of a mess."

Insurers would have one month to compare old and new plans for five million consumers and try to get them all covered by the beginning of the year.

Tags: barack Obama, health care, Senate, Democrats, House, Republicans, Affordable Care Act, Obamacare
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