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Landrieu Introduces Bill to 'Keep Promise' of Obamacare

5:30 PM, Nov 4, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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Senator Mary Landrieu, the Democrat from Louisiana, has introduced a bill called the "Keeping the Affordable Care Act Promise Act." The bill recognizes that Americans are losing their individual health plans because they don't conform to the new regulations under the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. During the debate over health care reform in 2009 and 2010, Democrats who supported the law like Barack Obama and Landrieu herself promised that if Americans liked their health care plans they could keep it under Obamacare.

Mary Landrieu Senate portrait

"When we passed the Affordable Care Act, we did so with the intention that if you liked your health plan, you could keep it. A promise was made and this legislation will ensure that this promise is kept.  For many consumers, plans in the Marketplaces may offer superior coverage at a good value that saves them money. But people should be able to keep their plans if they want to," Landrieu said in a statement. "I have said repeatedly that the Affordable Care Act isn't perfect, and I am willing to work with anyone who wants to improve it and implement it correctly. Middle class families and businesses need and deserve access to quality, affordable health insurance, and 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, isn't exactly running away from the law she voted to pass in 2010. But her acknowledgement of the law's problematic implementation is significant.

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