I guess yesterday’s Obama speech didn’t move change a lot of opinions in the Senate Democratic caucus, the drive for a legislative fix continues:
Freshman Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) on Thursday joined a Senate Democratic bill that would amend ObamaCare to let people keep insurance plans that are being canceled under the law.
Donnelly is now cosponsoring the Keeping the Affordable Care Act Promise Act. That makes seven Democrats in support of the law, including sponsor Mary Landrieu (D-La.).
I have said from the beginning that this healthcare law is not perfect, which is why I’ve repeatedly worked to improve it,” Donnelly said. “The problems with the website and canceled plans are unacceptable. That is why I am sponsoring legislation that would allow individuals to keep their current health plans.”
Democratic Sens. Jeff Merkley (Ore.), Dianne Feinstein (Calif.), Kay Hagan (N.C.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.) are also cosponsors. Landrieu, Merkley, Hagan and Pryor are up for reelection next year.
Landrieu’s bill was introduced last week in response to reports that millions of people will not be able to keep their current health insurance plan under ObamaCare due to new insurance standards in the law. President Obama promised during the healthcare debate that if people like their health plan, then, under the law, they would be able to keep it.
Making this move particularly interesting is that Donnelly was elected to the Senate in 2012 so he has a long time (five years) before he has to run for reelection.