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Dem senators could have blocked health insurance cancellations 3 years ago

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Senate Democrats could have prevented many Americans from losing their health insurance policies as early as three years ago.

Instead, they voted unanimously to reject a Republican-led resolution that would have allowed President Obama to keep his promise that Americans can keep their policy of choice. The resolution would have blocked a grandfather rule that essentially eliminates some existing policies.

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said at the time, according to CNN:

“The District of Columbia is an island surrounded by reality. Only in the District of Columbia could you get away with telling the people if you like what you have you can keep it, and then pass regulations six months later that do just the opposite and figure that people are going to ignore it. But common sense is eventually going to prevail in this town, and common sense is going to have to prevail on this piece of legislation as well.

“The administration’s own regulations prove this is not the case. Under the grandfathering regulation, according to the White House’s own economic impact analysis, as many as 69 percent of businesses will lose their grandfathered status by 2013 and be forced to buy government-approved plans.”

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Sens. Pryor, Begich, Hagan, & Landrieu. Photo credit: The Daily Kos

Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La.; Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H.; Mark Pryor, D-Ark.; Kay Hagan, D-N.C., and Mark Begich, D-Ak.,  could have stopped the rule from going into effect. They are now supporting delays in parts of Obamacare, CNN reported.

Landrieu, who is up for re-election in 2014, said she will introduce a bill to fix the problem, allowing Americans to keep  insurance plans they like.

“The promise was made, and it should be kept,” Landrieu said in the Capitol Wednesday, according to Politico. “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.”

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., and U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., have introduced legislation that will do just that, but Landrieu has not said whether she will sign onto Johnson’s bill, according to the Weekly Standard.

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