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Senate Democrat To Offer Bill Allowing Americans To Keep Their Insurance Plan — If They Like It

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., will offer a bill to keep President Barack Obama's promise that under the health care law Americans could keep the health insurance they had if they liked it. Elsewhere, lawmakers on Capitol Hill have until Thursday afternoon to sort out if they have to make their staffs get coverage on the D.C. health exchange.

Politico: Landrieu To Propose Saving Vanishing Health Plans
Sen. Mary Landrieu said Wednesday she would propose legislation to ensure all Americans could keep their existing insurance coverage under Obamacare, a fresh sign of the political problems the law's rollout has created for congressional Democrats. Landrieu, a Democrat who faces a tough reelection in Louisiana in 2014, said she would either offer her own bill or formally sign onto another measure that would ensure that the law would not force anyone off of their existing health policies. "The promise was made, and it should be kept," Landrieu said in the Capitol Wednesday. "And it was our understanding when we voted for that bill that people when they have insurance could keep with what they had. So I’m going to be working on that fix" (Raju, 10/30). 

Politico: Democrats Differ On Putting Hill Aides On Exchanges
An informal survey of Democrats in both chambers shows there is simply no consensus on how to implement vague guidance on whether to put thousands of Capitol Hill denizens on the District’s DC Health Link exchange or keep aides on the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program. Undecideds don’t have much time to put the politically charged issue behind them: The deadline is Thursday afternoon for lawmakers to make the final decision (Everett and Sherman, 10/31).

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