OLSON VOTES TO LET AMERICANS KEEP THEIR HEALTH PLANS
Washington, DC - Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today voted to enable health insurance plans currently available on the individual market to be offered in 2014. H.R. 3350, the Keep Your Health Plan Act, allows Americans the ability to continue enrolling in those current plans without being penalized under the individual mandate in the Presidentâ€™s healthcare law â€“ the mandate that requires Americans to purchase health insurance that is compliant with Obamacare rules. The bill passed in the House by a vote of 261-157, with 39 Democrats in support of the measure.
â€œWhen he advertised his signature healthcare law, Obamacare, the President made many promises. The biggest was that â€œIf you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan.â€ Clearly, that is not the case when millions of Americans have received insurance cancellation notices in the mail. Promise after promise the President made to the American people has been broken. Why should his announcement yesterday be any different?â€ Rep. Olson said.
â€œThe President does not have the authority to change the law â€“ as bad as it is â€“ in a press conference. But Congress does, and with this bill we will make the President keep his promise. The President should accept that socialized healthcare is not â€˜fixableâ€™. Americans do not deserve to be punished anymore for his failing policies and for his Administrationâ€™s ineptitude and arrogance,â€ Rep. Olson concluded.
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