House vote clears path for health-insurance sales

The U.S. House passed a measure that would allow insurance companies to continue offering health care plans through 2014.

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., voted with the majority, which included 39 Democrats on the measure, H.R. 3350 by Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich.

President Barack Obama, who on Thursday said he would take no action against insurers that offered existing plans even though they wouldn’t qualify under the requirements of his signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act, said he would veto the measure should it pass the Senate.

The final vote was 261-157.

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., on Friday said he preferred legislation over the president’s administrative fix and he has offered a bill to do that. Udall and Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., both met last week with Obama seeking action on the government’s website. Bennet is not up for election in 2014, but Udall is and Bennet heads the effort to maintain Democratic control of the Senate.

“With new issues arising almost daily from the disastrous rollout of the law, the president and congressional Democrats can’t escape the fact that it is broken,” Tipton said in a statement, calling the House measure “an opportunity to get health care right in this country by replacing what’s broken.”


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