White House Press Secretary Jay Carney torched a House Republican bill aimed at fulfilling President Barack Obama’s promise that people can keep their health care plans if they like them — even as Obama continues to look for a fix of his own.
Carney said that the proposal by Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., would allow insurance companies to keep signing up new customers for substandard plans that don’t comply with the Affordable Care Act, not just the people who already have such plans.
“We see that as throwing the baby out with the bathwater,” Carney said, because it would undermine all of the insurance changes in the health care law.
Carney, meanwhile, said that the president has asked his team to find solutions to the plight of those getting cancellation notices on their old plans despite the president's promise that that would not happen. But the president has yet to decide on what to do to help them. “When he makes a decision, we'll let you know,” Carney said.
He also ripped the GOP for not having an alternative plan that would end discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions, on gender or other mandates in the law.
Moments before Carney ripped into the Upton bill, House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., told reporters he is "not closed" to supporting it. Democrats have been bracing for a number of defections when the House votes on the bill Friday.