Today, U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) voted against the so-called "Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013" and instead supported the "Maintaining the Promise of the Affordable Care Act," legislation that would allow insurance companies to renew policies for one year for existing policy holders, even if they do not offer the consumer protections required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
"The President told the American people that under the ACA "if you like your plan, you can keep it.' The American people expect this promise to be kept. Today, I was proud to support a bill that does just that, without undermining the important reforms we fought so hard for in the Affordable Care Act," said Rep. Pascrell, a member of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health. "On the contrary, the Republican alternative continues their attempts to dismantle the ACA by allowing insurance companies to sell new junk policies that don't provide essential health benefits, discriminate against women and those with preexisting conditions, and include lifetime caps on coverage. We ended these unscrupulous practices with the ACA, and now Americans can access high quality, affordable coverage on the marketplaces, many for the first time ever."