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House Passes Upton’s Bipartisan #KeepYourHealthPlan Act

The House stood up and gave a voice to those millions of folks receiving cancellation notices

Washington, DC, November 15, 2013 | Lynn Turner / Nick Culp (269-385-0039 / 202-225-3761)
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, applauded today’s House passage of his bipartisan Keep Your Health Plan Act (H.R. 3350). The House of Representatives approved the Keep Your Heath Plan Act by a vote of 261 to 157.

This bipartisan legislation would allow health care plans currently available on the individual market to continue to be offered next year, expanding choices and beginning to provide peace of mind to the millions of Americans who have been left to worry in the wake of the President’s broken promise. Under the Keep Your Health Plan Act all Americans would have added flexibility around their health coverage enrollment options without facing a penalty under the health care law. The White House has threatened to veto this bill, saying, “Congress should work with the administration to improve the law and move forward,” just hours after working “around” Congress and announcing another administrative “fix.” 

“For the last three years, the President repeated his promise to the American people that if they like their current health care plan, they can keep it – period. Millions of Americans, including nearly a quarter of a million folks in Michigan, took the President at his word and are now unexpectedly receiving cancellation notices,” said Upton.

“Sadly for many Americans, it’s cancellations today and sticker shock tomorrow. Today, with bipartisan support, the House stood up and gave a voice to those folks receiving cancellation notices and passed the Keep Your Health Plan Act. It’s a start, and much more work remains. Let’s keep the promise.”

Upton has heard from countless people from across Southwest Michigan who are losing their plans because of the Affordable Care Act. Speaking from the House floor before today’s vote, Upton highlighted the plight of one family from Bangor, Michigan, who will lose their current plan because of the health care law.

“This bill is to help provide peace of mind to folks like the farmer in Bangor, Michigan, who just found out, after purchasing his family’s insurance for the last 30 years, that he will be able to keep their plan no more. And the sticker shock will be unbearable as their premiums double and their deductible jumps nearly three thousand bucks.”

Watch Upton’s remarks from the House floor here.

More background on the Keep Your Health Plan Act is online here.

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