The White House is threatening to veto a House bill that would allow customers to keep health insurance plans that aren’t compliant with Obamacare — even though President Obama unilaterally allowed the same extension twice in the past year.
Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy’s bill passed a key benchmark Tuesday when it was approved by the House Rules Committee, but the White House Office of Management and Budget issued a stark veto threat Wednesday.
“The administration strongly opposes House passage of H.R. 3522 because it threatens the healthcare security of hardworking, middle class families,” the Office of Management and Budget said in a statement.
“H.R. 3522 would roll back the progress made because of the Affordable Care Act and would allow insurers to deploy practices such as charging businesses more when a worker has a pre-existing condition or when it has more workers who are women than men,” OMB charged. (RELATED: Survey: Customers More Satisfied With So-Called Junk Plans Than Obamacare Health Coverage)
But the bill would actually enshrine the Obama administration’s own ‘administrative fix’ for canceled health insurance plans. (RELATED: West Virginia AG Sues Obama Admin For Obamacare’s ‘Administrative Fix’)
After President Obama’s pledge that “if you like your health plan, you can keep it” was outed as a lie by over 5 million policy cancellations, the White House unilaterally gave health insurers and states the option to extend insurance plans that weren’t compliant with Obamacare regulations for one year. Then again in March, the administration re-upped the extension through October 2017.
Cassidy’s bill, the Employee Health Care Protection Act, would allow insurers to offer plans they sold in 2013 through the end of 2018. It passed the Rules Committee on partisan lines Tuesday, with Democrats arguing that it will give insurance companies too much control over their offerings. (RELATED: Surprise! Large Insurance Companies Are Raking In Cash, Thanks To Obamacare)
“The bill would put insurance companies back in the driver’s seat,” said Texas Democratic Rep. Gene Green, according to The Washington Times.