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Michaud, Pingree vote against bill to let people keep their insurance plans


Democratic Reps. Michael Michaud and Chellie Pingree voted Friday against legislation designed to ensure Americans can keep their old insurance plans that have been cancelled or jeopardized by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Thirty-nine House Democrats joined all but four Republicans in voting for the bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich), who chairs the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Democrats described the bill as an attempt to undermine the controversial health care law, but the bill’s supporters said it was a way to help President Obama keep the broken “if you like your plan, you can keep it” promise he made to the American people.

Obama vowed to veto the bill shortly after announcing Thursday that his administration would selectively enforce the health care law in order to accomplish a similar end.

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It was unclear Friday exactly what effect – if any – the president’s constitutionally-dubious declaration will have, as the Maine Bureau of Insurance is still reviewing the proposed policy change.

In Maine, more than 10,000 individual policyholders have lost their insurance because of Obamacare.

Steve Robinson
Maine Wire Reporter