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Statement of Administration Policy: H.R. 3350 - Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013

November 14, 2013


STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY

(House)

(Rep. Upton, R-MI, and 161 cosponsors)

The Administration strongly opposes House passage of H.R. 3350 because it threatens the health care security of hard working, middle class families. The Nation is experiencing the slowest growth in health spending in the last 50 years. Since 2008, growth in private health insurance spending stayed between three and four percent - significantly lower than earlier this decade when growth reached almost 12 percent. With health care costs rising at such low rates, this bill would be a major step back.

H.R. 3350 rolls back the progress made by allowing insurers to continue to sell new plansthat deploypractices such as not offering coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, charging women more than men, and continuing yearly caps on the amount of care that enrollees receive. The Administration supports policies that allow people to keep the health plans that they have. But, policies that reverse the progress made to extend quality, affordable coverage to millions of uninsured, hardworking, middle class families are not the solution. Rather than refighting old political battles to sabotage the health care law, the Congress should work with the Administration to improve the law and move forward.

If the President were presented with H.R. 3350, he would veto it.

Barack Obama, Statement of Administration Policy: H.R. 3350 - Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013 Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/305258