John Barrow Cosponsors “Keep Your Health Plan Act”

Congress gets back to work today, and the major item on the agenda in the House is H.R. 3350, the “Keep Your Health Plan Act,” sponsored by House Committee on Energy & Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Michigan). The bill attempts to solve the problem caused by the non-renewal of existing health insurance policies in the individual market because they don’t meet the requirements of essential coverage required by Obamacare.

The bill would allow any policy in effect as of January 1st, 2013 to be issued again in 2014, and be considered a grandfathered plan, thereby meeting the requirements of the individual mandate.

Among the bill’s cosponsors is Georgia’s 12th District Congressman John Barrow, who said:

When folks were first introduced to the Affordable Care Act, they were promised that they could keep their current plan if they liked it. As it turns out, that’s not the case today. I voted against this bill because of the enormous burden it placed on individuals, and at the very least, we should be doing all we can to ensure that promise is kept. This bill is the most responsible, bipartisan approach to removing the insurance burdens many will face in 2014, and I’m proud to work with my colleagues to move it forward.

The bill has 88 additional co-sponsors, including Georgia Reps. Phil Gingrey, Jack Kingston and Tom Price. The House is expected to vote on the bill Thursday.

5 comments

  1. Engineer says:

    So is this bill retroactive? Otherwise, I know a bunch of folks had 2 week long open enrollment periods finish nearly a month ago.

  2. One thing I would agree with is something as minor as changing your deductible shouldn’t cause your plan to lose grandfathered status. If I change the deductible on my car insurance, I don’t consider that I’ve “changed plans”.

  3. bkeahl says:

    This is a red herring. The law has been in place for over two years and the insurance companies have been restructuring their business and computer systems, successfully I might add, to deal with the new ObamaCare laws. Software has been changed, notices have gone out, and the window to undo the damage is very short. Can the insurance industry really retool in weeks after the law is tweaked? Maybe.

    But look at all the costs involved at this point, first to comply with the 2010 law and then to comply with the latest tweak. That WILL increase the cost of those existing plans as the companies have to recoup the costs. This all assumes the insurance companies can handle getting the fixes done in a matter of weeks AND people haven’t already shopped new insurance. Sometimes the destruction government wreaks can not be undone.

  4. jiminga says:

    Here come the Republicans rescuing the democrats instead of letting them wear Obamacare as the scarlet letter.

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