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Some Democrats Supporting GOP Bill Allowing Americans To Keep Canceled Health Plans

Democrats consider or profess their support for a Republican plan that would allow Americans to keep their canceled health insurance plans. In the meantime, fights continue to rage over the health law's navigators, and in political races.

The Associated Press: John Barrow Becomes First Democrat To Support House GOP's 'Keep Your Health Plan Act'
Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.) became the first Democrat to support House Republicans' "Keep Your Health Plan Act" on Tuesday, backing a bill that would allow Americans to keep their current health insurance plans amid the Obamacare rollout. Health plan cancellations have drawn widespread criticism, after President Barack Obama promised Americans, "if you like your plan, you can keep it." (Alman, 11/12).

Roll Call: Hoyer 'Not Closed' To Voting for Upton Obamacare Bill
Just minutes before the White House slammed a House GOP bill aimed at President Barack Obama's "if you like it, you can keep it" promise regarding health care plans, the No. 2 House Democrat said he was open to supporting the proposed change to the Affordable Care Act. House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer’s willingness to consider voting for the bill, scheduled for floor consideration on Friday, underscores the difficulty many Democrats face in wanting to deal with the dust-up over health insurance policy cancellations while still supporting the president (Dumain, 11/12).

Fox News: Top Democrat Joins Push To Keep Health Plans After Clinton's Obamacare Critique
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said Tuesday she is cosponsoring a bill by Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., that would force insurance companies to reinstate canceled policies that Obama repeatedly vowed that people could keep. "The Affordable Care Act is a good law, but it is not perfect," Feinstein said in a statement. "I believe the Landrieu bill is a commonsense fix that will protect individuals in the private insurance market from being forced to change their insurance plan” (11/13).

Fox News: Cornyn Calls For Halt To Obamacare Navigators On Heels Of Undercover Video
Republican Sen. John Cornyn -- citing Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' recent admission that felons potentially could become Obamacare navigators as well as new undercover video showing questionable behavior by these officials -- called Monday for the program to be halted. Cornyn ripped the program after conservative activist James O'Keefe released a new video that appears to depict Obamacare navigators, in Cornyn's home state of Texas, encouraging applicants to fib on their applications (11/12).

Politico: A GOP Split Over Obamacare In Louisiana Race
Since the start of Barack Obama's presidency, Republicans have marched in lock step in opposition to his health care plan. That's not the case in Saturday's special election for a northeast Louisiana congressional seat, however. In a conservative district that spans a massive part of the state, Obamacare has emerged as a bold dividing line between two Republicans who have sharply broken over key stipulations in the law (Isenstadt,11/12).

Politico: Tax Writer Dave Camp Wages Own Battle Of Sorts Against Obamacare
Dave Camp is waging a different sort of battle against Obamacare. His Republican colleagues are finally getting traction in undercutting the president’s signature health-care law, and that’s proving to be unexpectedly bad news for the Ways and Means Chairman. That’s because some of his fellow Republicans now don’t want him to release his long-awaited tax reform bill for fear it will allow Democrats to change the subject (Faler, 11/13).

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