Lipinski Statement on House Vote of Upton Bill

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, a cosponsor of the “If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep it Act” (H.R. 3406), voted today in the House against a bill, H.R. 3350, offered by Rep. Fred Upton (MI-6) that does not adequately address Obamacare’s forced cancellation of health insurance plans.

“Too many Americans are receiving notices that their health care plan has been cancelled because of Obamacare, despite assurances from the President that you can ‘keep your plan if you like it.’ This promise should not have been broken. Americans who have had their plans cancelled deserve a fix and Congress should provide that fix. As much as I want to vote for legislation that will do this, H.R. 3350 does not adequately fix the issue. Instead of allowing insurance companies to continue offering individuals the plan they currently have for as long as they like, it simply delays the cancellation of these policies for a year. Americans were not promised ‘if you like your plan you can keep it for a year.’ That is why I am a cosponsor of H.R. 3406, the “If You Like Your Health Plan, You Can Keep it Act.” In addition, H.R. 3350 undermines the individual health insurance market because it does not only refer to individuals who currently have a plan and want to keep it.

“Since the passage of the law, I have sponsored, co-sponsored, or voted for more than 20 pieces of legislation to try to make Obamacare operate fairly and effectively in both the short and the long term. I want to be able to vote for legislation that allows Americans to keep their health care plan if they like, but upon reading this bill it is clear that it does not do that. A vote for H.R. 3350 is not a vote for an idea, it is a vote for a policy, and the policy in this bill is not what was advertised.”

To further protect Americans from Obamacare’s mismanaged rollout, Rep. Lipinski introduced the Health Care Access Fairness and Penalty Delay Act (H.R. 3425). This commonsense legislation would require the Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General to certify when the website is fully operational. Once the Inspector General certifies that the website is operational, individuals would have at least 90 days to enroll in a health care plan, and the individual mandate’s penalties would not commence until 30 days later.