An Opinion by Patricia L Johnson
H. RES.413 which provides for consideration of H.R. 3350 passed the U.S. House of Representatives this afternoon by a vote of 228-189 (Roll No. 584). H.R. 3350 is a bill called “Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013”, which was introduced by Republican Representative Fred Upton [MI-6].
Before you go jumping up and down with joy remember the Republican Party is the Party of “no”, it’s the same party that shut down the government, it’s the same Party that has been trying to defund the Affordable Care Act since the day it was passed and it is the same party that would rather see children, veterans, the disabled and the elderly go without rather than give up tax loopholes for the wealthy and big business.
So why are they interested in passing anything? It’s easy to see, just read the text of the bill:
“PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL (H.R. 3350) TO AUTHORIZE HEALTH INSURANCE ISSUERS TO CONTINUE TO OFFER FOR SALE CURRENT INDIVIDUAL HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE IN SATISFACTION OF THE MINIMUM ESSENTIAL HEALTH INSURANCE COVERAGE REQUIREMENT, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES”
Some folks are going to be ecstatic believing the health insurance policy that was cancelled is going to be reinstated. These same people should be infuriated with any representatives that voted for this bill to be passed because all it does is take away from the people and give to big business.
The policies that were cancelled were cancelled because they simply do not meet the minimum requirements of the Affordable Care Act, in other words you are paying for coverage that you may or may not have and you won’t know you don’t have it until such time as you go to use it and the insurance company sends you a denial letter for your claim saying “sorry Charlie”.
One headline on this subject reads “House approves bill to allow people to keep insurance”. What it should say is “House approves bill allowing insurance companies to continue screwing the public on healthcare”.
There is one thing you can put in the bank when it comes to taking care of big business, in this case the insurance companies, the Republican Party is going to fall all over itself trying to pass legislation that benefits them. There were also Democrats that voted for this legislation to pass, knowing it would be vetoed.
President Obama has stated he will veto this bill if passed and the reason he’ll veto is simple, the insurance companies are selling garbage policies in order to make a buck and while they’re making a buck on the bottom line, you, the consumer are losing out big time!
© 2013 Patricia L Johnson