U.S. Congressman John Barrow (GA-12) cosponsored a bill that will be voted on in the House of Representatives this week, the "Keep Your Health Plan Act," introduced by Republican Congressman Fred Upton (MI-6), Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce (E&C). Congressman Barrow is also a member of the E&C Committee. The bipartisan bill, H.R. 3350, would allow insurance plans currently available to individuals to be offered in 2014, without being penalized under the individual mandate of the "Affordable Care Act" (ACA).
"When folks were first introduced to the Affordable Care Act, they were promised that they could keep their current plan if they liked it," said Congressman Barrow. "As it turns out, that's not the case today. I voted against this bill because of the enormous burden it placed on individuals, and at the very least, we should be doing all we can to ensure that promise is kept. This bill is the most responsible, bipartisan approach to removing the insurance burdens many will face in 2014, and I'm proud to work with my colleagues to move it forward."
Earlier this month, Congressman Barrow questioned Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius during a hearing of the E&C Committee regarding the problems with the rollout of Healthcare.gov. Congressman Barrow also was the first House Democrat to call for a delay of the individual mandate penalty.
The House is expected to vote on the legislation on Thursday, November 14th.