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Patrick Murphy, Joe Garcia vote for GOP Obamacare fix



Vulnerable Florida Reps. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter and Joe Garcia of Miami were among 39 Democrats who voted for a GOP plan allowing insurers to keep selling plans that do not meet Obamacare standards.

The vote illustrates fear among Democrats that the awful rollout of the Affordable Care Act will be a vulnerability in next year's midterm elections. Murphy and Garcia are in their first term.

Other Florida reaction:

“Today, I voted for a bill that will allow people who are currently satisfied with their health care plan, to keep it - just as the President promised," said Rep. Dan Webster, R-Winter Garden. "The Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013 passed with a strong bipartisan vote, and I remain committed to protecting the freedom of individuals to keep their current health care plan and not be dictated to by overbearing regulations from the federal government.”

Rep. Corrine Brown, D-Jacksonville said: "By allowing insurance companies to sell plans that do not satisfy the conditions of the exchanges to all consumers, millions of Americans who are expected to benefit from the improved coverage and premium and cost-sharing subsidies available through the new health insurance marketplace will instead see a fractured insurance market and significantly higher premiums."

[Last modified: Friday, November 15, 2013 2:35pm]


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