THE DAILY WHIP: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013

For Immediate Release:

November 15, 2013

Contact:

Katie GrantStephanie Young, 202-225-3130

House Meets At: First Vote Predicted: Last Vote Predicted:

9:00 a.m.: Legislative Business

Five “One Minutes”

10:00 – 10:30 p.m. 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

H.Res. 413 – Rule providing for consideration of H.R. 3350 – “Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013” (Rep. Upton – Energy and Commerce/Ways and Means) (One Hour of Debate). The Rules committee has recommended a closed Rule that provides for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.  The Rule allows one motion to recommit, with or without instructions, and it also waives all points of order against the legislation. Members are urged to VOTE NO.

H.R. 3350 – “Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013” (Rep. Upton – Energy and Commerce/Ways and Means) (One Hour of Debate). This bill gives insurance companies the option to continue offering all individual-market plans that were in effect as of January 1, 2013 through 2014 — not just to allow individuals with such policies to keep them but to all consumers, including those who were not previously on the plan. Those policies would be treated as a “grandfathered” health plan that satisfies the minimum essential health insurance coverage requirements set by the Affordable Care Act.

However, this bill is actually nothing more than the 46th time that Republicans have voted to repeal or defund the Affordable Care Act. By allowing insurance companies to sell plans that do not satisfy the conditions of the exchanges to all consumers, millions of Americans who are expected to benefit from the improved coverage and premium and cost-sharing subsidies available through the new health insurance marketplace will instead see a fractured insurance market and significantly higher premiums.

Further, because plans sold prior to 2014 did not need to meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges, enrollees in those plans remain vulnerable to limited coverage policies and abusive insurance company practices. Insurance companies would be able to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, restore annual caps on the amount of care you can receive, and force women to pay more than men for the same coverage. Members are urged to VOTE NO.

Bill Text for H.R. 3350:
PDF Version

Background for H.R. 3350:
CBPP Report - House Bill to Expand “Grandfathering” of Individual-Market Plans Would Raise Premiums in Insurance Marketplaces and Undermine Market Reforms

 
The Daily Quote

“Absolutely.”

-    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), when asked by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace if the 16-day Republican Government Shutdown was “worth it,” The Hill, 11/14/13