Well, President Obama wanted some bipartisanship, and he got it.
Thirty nine Democrats joined all but four Republicans to pass legislation by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) that would allow insurers to offer plans on the individual market being cancelled because they don’t comply with Obamacare.
The vote was 261-157.
But this was worse for Obama than it looks. Because, as Democratic opponents of the legislation correctly pointed out, the bill represents an attack on Obamacare. In addition to allowing insurers to keep people in their plans, it allows them to continue selling those plans – plans THAT DON’T COMPLY WITH OBAMACARE – to NEW customers.
What this means is that 39 Democrats decided to throw out a basic tenet of Obamacare to try to preserve their seats. Once Democrats begin thinking that the law is imperiling their jobs, Obamacare is headed toward deep doo doo indeed.