VOTE ALERT: Congressman Paulsen Votes Against a Fix to Let Americans Keep Their Healthcare

Congressman Erik Paulsen and Republicans in Congress have been grandstanding for weeks about health care, but today he voted against the only fix that has the possibility of becoming law.

“Congressman Paulsen just voted against a commonsense fix to the Affordable Care Act that has the only realistic chance at becoming law and helping consumers keep their current coverage – proving once again he is more interested in partisan grandstanding than commonsense solutions,” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Congressman Paulsen had a choice with this vote – and he chose to stick with insurance companies instead of working across the aisle and supporting a commonsense fix that could have solved these problems.”

President Obama issued a veto threat on H.R. 3350 on Thursday and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the measure won’t pass the Senate.

BACKGROUND

Congressman Paulsen Voted Against Measure to Allow Americans to Keep Current Coverage While Adding Consumer Protections. In November 2013, Congressman Paulsen voted against a motion that would allow insurance companies to continue offering non-Affordable Care Act compliant plans through 2014 to current enrollees, as long as those plans were in effect as of October 1, 2013. It would also require insurance companies to notify consumers of the differences between these extended plans and the options, credits, and subsidies available through the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges. These notifications would also be required to explain the consumer protections not available under non-ACA compliant plans. The motion failed 187-230. [HR 3350, Vote #586, 11/15/13]