Senate Democrats Haunted By 2010 Vote That Paved The Way For Policy Cancellations Under Obamacare


A partisan Senate vote in 2010 that sealed the fate of millions of people whose health insurance policies are now being canceled under Obamacare could come back to haunt the Democrats who made it happen.

Incredibly, considering the source, that’s the conclusion that CNN investigative correspondent Chris Frates reached last week when he reviewed the legislative history of the Affordable Care Act.

The so-called “grandfather” rule that is now all but forcing the insurance business to drop current policies established guidelines for what kinds of policies could continue into the Obamacare era without modification. “Democrats argued then that the rule was necessary,” writes Frates, “to insure that insurance companies weren’t able to drastically change their plans and still remain exempt from Obamacare.”

The rule essentially prevents insurance companies from keeping their grandfathered status if they make changes to their plans. In practice, insurance companies are loath to leave their plans unchanged so grandfathered plans are disappearing, and people are being forced to change their plans to meet Obamacare’s more robust coverage requirements.

“More robust” can be read as “unnecessary coverage,” such as compulsory maternity care even for policyholders who, because of age, gender or circumstance, don’t need it.

Republicans had attempted to block the grandfather rule in September 2010, arguing that its provisions essentially guaranteed that coverage providers would be compelled, under the law, to drop existing policyholders in droves in order to meet Obamacare’s one-size-fits-all insurance requirements. They didn’t have the votes in the Democrat-controlled Senate, and the override bill was defeated in a partisan vote.

Now Democratic incumbents are backing away from their Obamacare voting record in an attempt to position themselves for the 2014 elections. Of the 33 Senate seats up for grabs in 2014, 21 are held by Democrats. Republicans would need to retake six seats in order to claim a Senate majority.

As campaign season gears up, get ready to see a litany of preemptive, “I-told-you-so” strikes from Republicans. CNN’s story dug up exactly one such warning from 2010, when Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said this:

The District of Columbia is an island surrounded by reality. Only in the District of Columbia could you get away with telling the people if you like what you have you can keep it, and then pass regulations six months later that do just the opposite and figure that people are going to ignore it. But common sense is eventually going to prevail in this town and common sense is going to have to prevail on this piece of legislation as well.

The administration’s own regulations prove this is not the case. Under the grandfathering regulation, according to the White House’s own economic impact analysis, as many as 69 percent of businesses will lose their grandfathered status by 2013 and be forced to buy government-approved plans.

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • vicki

    The “useful idiots” have begun to figure out who was thrown under the ObamaCare Bus.

    • Deerinwater

      I think they knew already, ~ as this reform to address disparity has met much resistance from the offset.

      Employers and government subsidies alike needs to get out of the health care business.

    • Deerinwater

      I think they knew already, ~ as this reform to address disparity has met much resistance from the offset.

      Employers and government subsidies alike needs to get out of the health care business.

      • Bart The Barfer

        Ron Paul has been saying for years that health care insurance should be detached from employment & that would create a great economy & millions of new jobs & or course Paul would never be for govt. subsidies on this huge scale.., but Obummer & clueless DEMs are making it worse

  • Paul

    All 21 dem seats should flip. If not, I fear the republic is lost. A scorched earth approach should be taken in gaining these seats.

  • Dirty Daug

    Most Democrats are 2-faced and will say anything to get re-elected. I’m hoping that not one Democrat and a few Republican turn-coats don’t get re-elected.

    • Hoosier Daddy

      RINO Mitch McConnell is as bad as a Democrat.

  • Crazy Louie LaPussee

    Both parties stink & have sold us down the river, but THE LOONY TUNES LIBS are far, far worse….this whole blasted boondoggle was from the outset a totally DEM thang!!!!

  • Warrior

    This “pic” should be on every billboard across America!

  • gelliott

    The Dems should pay a price (loss of seats in Congress) for this debacle. Their only salvation will be if they can get the American people to believe Obamacare’s problems are the fault of insurance companies and/or Republicans, especially Tea Party Republicans.

    • Bill

      Hi Gell
      You know that their plan is to blame someone else. The question is whether the voting public is stupid enough to buy it….again. It is almost like Charley Brown when Lucy holds the football

  • Amfer Ferg

    …and, I might add, we KNOW who they are. We will not forget in 2014.

  • Hoosier Daddy

    Thank you, Mr. Bullard. Every conservative pundit in the U.S. needs to be shouting this from the rooftops: “it was the Senate DEMOCRATS who voted at 2 am to shove Obamacare down our throats aganist the wishes of 80% of Americans!”

    Not a single Republican voted for this disaster. The DEMOCRATS own it, lock, stock, and barrel.

    Yes, Obama blatantly lied – and it’s fun to point out those lies – but Obama isn’t running for reelection next year and many Senate DEMOCRATS are.

    So, we need to start being UNRELENTING in blaming the DEMOCRATS for the disaster that is “Obamacare” and do our best to get rid of them in 2014! If we can keep our hold on the House AND take over the Senate, then we can REPEAL this debacle!

    • Muffin Man Mashinksy

      May I remind you & all other readers, the LOONY TUNES LIBS broke several parliamentary procedures just to EVEN get it to a vote….but, again feckless & ball-less GOP let thme get away with it111

      • Hoosier Daddy

        Yes, in addition to the seditious, left wing Democrats, we need to get of the RINO Republicans like Mitch McConnell.

    • CommonSense4America

      Are you expecting the MSM to shout this from the roof tops? Don’t think this is going to happen.

      • Hoosier Daddy

        The left wing mainstream media? The media that discovered and promoted Obama – and now covers up all of his blatant lies and scandals?

        Of course not.

        I’m referring to US conservatives and to conservative pundits on talk radio and with TV programs or newspaper columns of their own.

    • rick0857

      Not without 290 votes in the House and 67 in the Senate, because we will have to override a veto. Otherwise we’re all stuck with this abortion until 2016 and by then too many of it’s roots will be in place and therefore impossible to remove.

      • Dajeno

        But if they impeach oblama there’s no veto to override. Biden will not veto it because he wants to be the next president.

        • rick0857

          Impeach…SERIOUSLY??? Do you actually believe there is any chance in hell that the first affirmative action President in history is EVER going to be impeached???

  • Motov

    We are in a desperate need to oust the white house occupant as soon as possible.
    No one has the guts in congress to get the ball rolling!
    Both parties need to be removed, as they continually violate their oaths to up hold the Constitution. We as the people MUST START thinking about NOT voting for the 2 dominant parties, and vote for people to take over government, forget the politicians! They have time and time again failed our nation, and have proven themselves to be the worst of the worst criminals ever!

  • rick0857

    Every STATE Republican party chief needs to get his/her ad people together and make short commercials with the name of every Senator from their State who voted for Commie-care and play it on TV, Radio and the Internet everyday from now until election 2014. These commercials should be in addition to a similar one with the name of every representative who voted for this bungled, goat rope abortion that is obamacare.