- The Washington Times - Friday, November 8, 2013

House Republicans hope President Obama will follow up his apology late Thursday to Americans losing their existing health plans by supporting a bill they are offering that will let these same people maintain their coverage for another year.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee said Friday the chamber plans to vote on the “Keep Your Health Plan Act” next week, offering a key test to Democrats who are nervous about early flaws in the rollout of Obamacare.

“Actions speak louder than words. If the president is serious about offering relief to Americans whose health plans are being canceled, then he should strongly support the Keep Your Health Plan Act,” Chairman Fred Upton, Michigan Republican, said. “This bill is a simple solution that would begin to restore health care peace of mind.”

The House has voted about 40 times to repeal all or part of the Affordable Care Act or alter it in some way, a run of bills that have died in the Democratic-run Senate.

But those votes occurred before the Oct. 1 launch of websites tied to the law. The federal version, HealthCare.gov, serves 36 states and has experienced rampant glitches that prevent users from enrolling in a new health plan.

The dynamic placed pressure on Mr. Obama to explain why he said Americans could keep the plans they liked, prompting the apology in an interview with NBC News.

Millions of Americans are receiving cancellation notices because their existing plans do not meet Obamacare’s standards, and the nonfunctioning website prevents them from seeing if they can get a better deal through federally facilitated and state-run insurance exchanges.

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