Nov 15, 2013
11:16 AM
Connecticut Politics

Rep. Elizabeth Esty Votes With Republicans on Healthcare Fix

Rep. Elizabeth Esty Votes With Republicans on Healthcare Fix

Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty, D-5, joined 38 other Democrats Thursday and voted with an overwhelming Republican majority on a bill to fix part of the healthcare law.

The bill, called the "Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013," passed 261 to 157.

All other members of the Connecticut delegation voted against the bill.

In a prepared statement Friday, Esty said while Obamacare "isn't perfect," repealing it is not the answer. 

"My top priority is ensuring that the Affordable Care Act works well for folks in my district. I am hearing from small business owners and other affected individuals in central and northwest Connecticut who feel blindsided by recent cancellation notices from their insurance companies. Additionally, I have heard from many retirees who received cancellation notices of plans that were part of negotiated benefit packages. In some cases, these people had previously been assured that their plans were protected by the grandfather clause. Today’s bill may not be the perfect solution, but the need for swift corrective action is urgent for many people in my district," she said.

Esty is already gearing up for what is likely to be a tough fight to hold onto her seat next year against Republicans. 

The bill was proposed by Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., and permits insurers to sell plans into 2014 that were active in January 2013. It came on the heels of hundreds of thousands of notices to policy holders from insurers who were canceling plans at the end of this year because they would be unable to sell those same plans next year when the new insurance regulations would go into effect.

On Thursday, President Barack Obama announced a short-term fix to the new healthcare law that would permit insurance companies who had canceled plans to keep them for one more year. 



Rep. Elizabeth Esty Votes With Republicans on Healthcare Fix

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