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House Approves Coverage Plans Short of ACA Rules

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The Republican-controlled House has passed legislation letting insurance companies sell individual coverage to all comers, even if it falls short of standards set in the Affordable Care Act.
 
The vote was 261-157, and came after GOP lawmakers said the bill would ease the plight of millions of consumers reeling from cancellation notices.
 
The White House threatened a veto if the measure eventually reaches President Barack Obama's desk. Democratic leaders worked furiously to minimize defections on the issue, while mindful it is likely to figure prominently in next year's elections with control of Congress at stake.
 
The vote came Friday as Obama arranged a meeting at the White House with insurance company CEOs, and as the industry and state insurance commissioners began adjusting to an abrupt change in policy he announced a day earlier. (AP)
 
Governor Brian Sandoval today issued the following statement after President Obama announced the federal government will not enforce selected portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA):
 
"I opposed Obamacare from its inception.  However, when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld it, every state and every American was forced to abide by it. As a state, Nevada's only choice was whether to let the federal government control the process or manage the process ourselves.  We rightly opted for the latter.  Now, despite our best efforts to comply with this ill-conceived law, the failure at the federal level has made this effort in Nevada significantly more difficult or even impossible.

"Without a doubt, the President's actions this week are a direct acknowledgement that the law is unworkable. What's more, the announcement yesterday does not fix any problems and only adds more confusion. I strongly urge the President and Congress to reconsider this law."

Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-2), a cosponsor of H.R. 3350, the Keep Your Health Plan Act, which today passed the House 261 to 157, released the following statement:

"My, what a difference a month makes. Thirty days ago, attempts to delay the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were shouted down, ignored and the subject of veto threats by the White House. Now we are in a pitched battle as to which side has the best idea to delay implementation of the ACA. Only in Washington, D.C.

"Today, the House took legislative action to honor the promise the President repeatedly made to Americans. In return, the President made yet another promise to bypass Congress and threaten to veto this bipartisan legislative solution. While there is no credibility abundance in this town, the White House has won the Pinocchio sweepstakes for the week.

"In the face of 24,623 Nevadans, pretty much the entire population of Fallon, and nearly five million Americans who received cancellation notices from their insurance carriers due to the ACA, a number predicted to rise significantly, the administration continues to stubbornly go it alone. Worse still, the President's executive action is expected to further destabilize the health insurance market. Is the solution more administrative grasping at straws? No thank you. There is a reason we are in this mess. It is the ACA.

"Spin, backpedaling, excuses and apologies do nothing for the Nevadans and other Americans who are losing the health care coverage on which they rely. The ACA was drafted and became law along party lines. Its implementation has been a secretive, unilateral mess. The problems the law created for millions of Americans require a bipartisan solution, not another executive overreach."

"There is no doubt Americans need real health care reform. But we will all continue to suffer and see premiums go up as long as the ACA creates confusion and uncertainty in the marketplace. It is my hope we can address this emergency in a transparent, legislative process that respects all stakeholders. That requires a stop to the present law's mistakes and a start to the traditional legislative process. Stay tuned." 

Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Zach Hudson released the following statement in response to Governor Brian Sandoval's statement today on the Affordable Care Act:
 
"Governor Sandoval has taken more positions on the Affordable Care Act than Brian Krolicki has taken junkets to China.  While we realize that a Governor whose prescription for affordable healthcare is giving the mentally ill a Greyhound bus ticket and a bottle of liquid Ensure, for once it would be nice for Brian Sandoval to maintain a position on an issue for longer than it takes him to dump mental health patients out of state."

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