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Senate Dems Won’t Bring Upton Plan To Floor

From The Hill:

Senate won’t bring Upton fix to floor

By Alexander Bolton | November 15, 2013

Senate Democrats do not expect to vote on the ObamaCare fix the House approved on Friday with 39 Democratic votes, according to a senior Democratic aide. The aide said there is not any pressure on the Senate Democratic leadership to bring the legislation sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) to the floor…

Upton’s bill would allow insurance companies to offer the less expensive, limited plans that do not meet all of the more stringent requirements under ObamaCare...

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) has sponsored rival legislation that would require insurance companies to offer the old plans.

Upton’s plan would allow insurance companies to offer old-style plans, but not mandate that they do. And just for a year, until the mid-term elections are over. So it’s a toss-up as to which plan is worse.

But, most of all, one wonders why the Republicans would want to try to help the Democrats save Obama-Care? They made their bed, they should have to run on it.

She has panned Upton’s proposal. “The House bill guts and undercuts and drives a Mack truck through the Affordable Care Act by not only allowing people that had policies to keep them but allowing new people to sign on,” she said. “Their whole purpose is to undermine and throw the markets out of wack [sic] and make the Affordable Care Act not work.”

Again, if it really did all of that we might be for it. But, in reality, there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the two plans. Both put off the inevitable pain until after the elections.

Landrieu’s bill would mandate that insurance companies allow people to keep their plans if they prefer them to the options available through government exchanges. It would also require insurance companies to send notices to people who keep their plans informing them of the ways it does not meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has yet to commit to putting Landrieu’s bill on the floor. Some Democrats argue a legislative fix is not necessary…

Democrats who aren’t up for election or who are from safe (gerrymandered) seats.

Meanwhile, we have this, via the Daily Caller:

Upton to Limbaugh: Maybe you should have ‘checked in with us’ before criticizing House delay

By Jeff Poor | November 16, 2013

One of the leading critics of Michigan Republican Rep. Fred Upton’s effort to delay the onset of certain provisions of Obamacare has been conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh…

On Hugh Hewitt’s radio show on Friday night, Upton suggested Limbaugh check with him before launching into his criticism, pointing to the reactions from conservative groups and the media to dispute Limbaugh’s notion:

HEWITT: OK, now you have tempted me into breaking my no first name rule, because I’m going to use two of them. So Fred, yesterday, Rush urged the House not to touch this, because it in essence, it’s throwing a lifeline to the President and saving a bill that’s collapsing, don’t get near it, don’t ruin the brand, go for full repeal. What’s your response to that?
UPTON: Well, a couple of things, and you know, it would have been nice if he had maybe checked in with us and gotten information. We had a lot of groups, Club for Growth and others endorse our bill.

One group is a lot?

A couple of things — first of all, what do you say to those millions of people that are all of a sudden out of luck come January 1? That’s not what we ought to be doing. We ought to be thinking about those people.

So what? The Republicans shouldn’t help the Democrats delay their pain until after the elections.

The other thing is I’m just looking at the headlines today, Hugh. And in The Wall Street Journal, I mean, these are headlines that are like war is over. ‘Obama Retreats On Health Rules,’ left to right, right underneath the banner. New York Times: ‘In A Reversal, Obama Moves To Avert The Cancellation Of Health Policies,’ and it’s got a pretty sour face in his picture right underneath it, right underneath the banner. USA Today: ‘Health Law Shakes Presidency,’ left to right. Washington Times: Same picture of the president, ‘The Obamacare Retreat.’ Washington Post: Picture of a — not very flattering pictures of the president, ‘Obama Offers a Insurance Fix,’ ‘And you know, that’s on me. I mean, we fumbled the rollout on this health care law.’
UPTON: We’ve done in a week’s time what a shutdown and everything else, where we didn’t have the numbers, let’s face it, to try and reverse the fix that we’re in.

Mr. Upton has it exactly backwards. These headlines are because of the cancellations. If they are delayed a year, he has saved Obama and Obama-Care and the rest of the Democrats for a year.

As for why Upton put the delay at just a year, Upton said that was the best way to ensure it got passed.

Oh, he wanted to please the Democrats. Great.

“We wanted to pass it,” he said. “That was our objective. We wanted to provide some immediate relief to the people that were bitterly concerned about the prospects of their own plan. We thought a one year was good enough that we would not only keep most of the Republicans, and we did, but have a good chance of getting a number of Democrats as well, which we did. Remember, we won by more than 100 votes. Had we done a longer period, it might have been more of a showpiece than an actual piece that you could actually get done, and we wanted to, again, two days ago, before the president undercut us with what is in essence his executive order. We had more than 300 votes for this.”

Why delay the pain of Obama-Care until after the mid-term elections, when one third of the Senate and all of the House are up for elections? That is beyond stupid. It is politically insane.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, November 18th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Senate Dems Won’t Bring Upton Plan To Floor”

  1. Petronius says:

    The Republican motto should be:

    “If you want to cut your own throat, don’t come to me for a bandage.” – Margaret Thatcher

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