House GOP Gets Its Say on Insurance Cancellations

Republicans are renewing their assault on the new health care law, a day after President Barack Obama said he would let health insurance companies continue to sell, for one year, policies that fall short of the standards in that law.

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WASHINGTON- Republicans are renewing their assault on the new health care law, a day after President Barack Obama said he would let health insurance companies continue to sell, for one year, policies that fall short of the standards in that law.

Republican congressman Michael Burgess of Texas says the administration can't be trusted to fix the law -- after putting it together in the first place and then mishandling its implementation.
The House votes today on a Republican measure that would let insurers continue to offer existing policies to current customers as well as to new ones. That goes beyond the change announced yesterday by Obama, under which the policies could only be sold to existing customers.
Burgess says the GOP measure won't fix the law, but is designed "merely to stop the bleeding."
The White House says Obama would veto the legislation.
Democrats say Republicans are only out to sabotage the entire health care law. Democratic congressman James McGovern of Massachusetts says he knows Republicans don't like Obama -- but that they should "get over it and do what's right for the American people."
A White House official said Obama is meeting today with health insurance CEOs to discuss helping people enroll in new plans and ways of minimizing disruptions as people switch to new plans.

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