Rep. Michael Burgess, Texas Republican, said Friday morning he intends to vote for a Republican-sponsored bill to let insurance companies keep offering health plans that are in effect before Jan. 1, but that it comes nowhere close to fixing larger problems associated with President Obama’s health care overhaul.
“Let’s be honest — the bill today does not fix this thing — this thing cannot be fixed,” Mr. Burgess, a physician, said on “Fox and Friends.” “What can be fixed is we can allow people to get the insurance that they used to have — that can be fixed.”
Mr. Obama said Thursday that he will craft a set a loopholes to allow some Americans to keep their insurance policies for at least another year after millions have received cancellation notices following the rollout of the law, but the White House threatened to veto the bill from Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan Republican, that would allow insurance companies to offer health plans next year that are in effect by Jan. 1.
“If I see someone bleeding to death and I can put a tourniquet or pressure on to save their live, I feel like I ought to do that,” Mr. Burgess said. “Think of this right now — this is first aid like a tourniquet on a cancer, but you got to start somewhere, and people are hurting. People are losing their health care coverage.”
“The problem here is that if we let the president do this his way, what’s to say that a week and a half from now, after hearing from the insurance companies, he doesn’t feel entirely differently, and everything gets switched back?” he added. “We cannot do this by executive fiat — we are not run in this country by a ruler — we are run by a legislative, executive, and judicial branch. Government with the consent of the governed — isn’t that a quaint notion?”