House Republicans are charging ahead with a vote Friday afternoon on a bill meant to reverse, or at least halt, the wave of insurance plan cancellations, after claiming that President Obama’s unilateral attempt to do that might not be legal.
The president on Thursday tried to address the issue by decree, announcing that he’s allowing insurance companies to sell policies that would otherwise be out of compliance with the Affordable Care Act for another year. The change was meant to address the concerns of millions of Americans who have lost their current insurance plans because they didn’t meet the minimum standards under the law.
But House Speaker John Boehner said he’s “highly skeptical that they can do this administratively.”
The House will vote later Friday on a bill from Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., that would extend old policies for another year — not just for those who lost them, but for anyone who might want to buy them.