The House of Representatives has passed Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013 sponsored by Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI) that would provide an insurance fix that President Obama proposed on Thursday. The Bill passed with bipartisan support 261-157.
The Obama administration issued a veto threat on the legislation even though the Bill would allow insurance companies to continue offering health plans that existed before the beginning of the new year. Basically, fulfilling President Obama’s promise, “if you like your plan, you can keep you plan.”
So what is the reason behind Obama’s Veto threat? Seems to us that Obama thinks he has the administrative authority to move deadlines within the Affordable Care Act. Problem is, Most scholars disagree.
After years of Obama saying that Republicans would vote against anything if it were proposed by the President, seems that Obama has taken the same view here. The legislation can’t be good if Republicans put it on the table. Problem is, in this case, Congressional Democrats have voted along with the Republican controlled House.
So the Bill is intended to “sabotage” ObamaCare eh? But Obama’s Insurance Fix is intended to do what, make Obamacare run smooth as glass?
Obama schedule. 11/14/13: AM: Announce illegal change to Obamacare. PM: Threaten to veto legal change to Obamacare.
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) November 15, 2013
If You pass a Bill, I will Veto your Bill Period!
The WH has officially gone mental. Screaming veto at the top of its lungs after today's lunatic presser? That's just weird behavior.
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) November 15, 2013
Congress? I don’t need no Stinken Congress!
Simply from an optics standpoint, it’s tough not to see Obama as power mad. “I’ll veto your legislation & do it on my own without Congress”
— John Ekdahl (@JohnEkdahl) November 15, 2013
The Obama Bottom Line:
Obama has threatened to veto a bill literally named after his most memorable presidential promise.
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) November 15, 2013