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Democratic Senator Jumps Ship

Landrieu to introduce bill to keep Obamacare promise of "if you like your health plan, you can keep it."

5:31 PM, Oct 31, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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Mary Landrieu, the Democratic senator from Louisiana, will introduce her own bill to allow Americans who like their health insurance plan to keep that plan. Landrieu, who said Wednesday she would be open to sponsoring legislation of that kind, released a statement about her intention:

Mary Landrieu Senate portrait

“A promise was made that if you like your health plan, you can keep it – and I will do everything I can to see that the promise is kept. That is what the American people were told, and my legislation will make sure that is what happens. Many people may find better plans in the Marketplaces that offer superior coverage for them at a good value and at a potentially lower cost. But if people want to keep their current plans, they should be able to do so,” said Landrieu. “I am committed to ensuring the Affordable Care Act is implemented as intended so middle class families and businesses can finally get quality health insurance that they can afford and count on. I hope that leaders from around the country and from both parties will join me in this effort.”

Landrieu, who is up for reelection in 2014, voted for Obamacare in 2010.

Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson has already introduced legislation in the Senate to allow Americans to keep their health insurance plan if they like it, while Michigan congressman Fred Upton, the chairman of the House energy and commerce committee, has offered a similar bill.

Several Senate Democrats have been silent on the question of whether Americans ought to be able to keep their insurance if they like it.

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