Nearly 40 Democrats Voted For Republican Legislation On ObamaCare
Not all Democrats are on board with President Barack Obama. Thirty-nine Democrats have voted for GOP-sponsored legislation that would allow insurers to keep offering health plans that don’t meet certain minimum requirements of the Affordable Care Act. The move is significant because Democratic caucus has remained unified on almost all issues.
Scott Bland of the National Journal also provided several interesting statistics regarding the 39 Democrats who went in the direction of the House-led GOP regarding ObamaCare. Eight of the nine Democrats from districts won by Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election voted for the bill, while 28 of the 36 Democrats from districts in which Obama won less than 55 percent of the vote went in favor of the bill. The Democrats who moved away from Obama on this issue also came from 16 different states.
Last week, Obama offered an administrative “fix” to a provision in ObamaCare that forces millions of Americans to lose existing health coverage by directing insurance companies to allow affected policy holders to renew their old coverage. States and insurers can now extend the current policies that have been canceled under health law for up to a year. He said the new provision “won’t solve every problem for every person, but it will solve a lot of them.”
However, the frustration behind the rollout of ObamaCare has also explained the enrollment numbers that are much smaller than the White House had hoped for. Approximately 40,000 people have signed up for ObamaCare so far, but White House officials were hoping for that number to have hit 500,000.