Cantor: ObamaCare vote will test Dems' loyalty to constituents

Greg Nash

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Thursday that tomorrow's vote on a bill to change ObamaCare will serve as a test of whether Democrats follow the will of their constituents or stay loyal to President Obama, who opposes a legislative fix.

"Tomorrow we will see who will put their constituents before politics and vote for a bill that could allow Americans to keep their plans," Cantor said on the House floor.

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"I sincerely hope that my colleagues will act as a united voice and take the first of many steps to provide relief to the American people from the many, many burdens brought about by ObamaCare."

The House will vote Friday on the Keep Your Health Plan Act, which would let insurance companies continue to offer plans that would otherwise be canceled under ObamaCare. That vote will happen even though Obama today announced an administrative fix that he said would let people keep their plans for at least another year, and possibly longer.

Other Republicans said on the House floor that Obama's announcement does not eliminate the need for a legislative fix.

"The President's announcement today does little to change the need for Congress to act," said House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) and others criticized Obama's plan as another end-run around Congress — Poe suggested that if this plan stands, Obama could just as easily decide to raise taxes without going through Congress.

GOP leaders were followed by several other House Republicans who relayed stories about their constituents' lost insurance coverage under ObamaCare.