By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Rep. Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) today voted for H.R. 3550, the Keep Your Health Care Act of 2013. The act, which passed by a vote of 261-157, allows providers to continue to offer health insurance plans next year that were in effect in the individual market as of January 1, 2013.
Across the country millions of Americans are receiving notices of cancelled health care plans. As recently as September 26, President Obama has said that Americans could keep their current health care plans if they were happy with them. However, according California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, approximately one million Californians are set to lose their existing health care plans.
This plan will allow existing policies to qualify as “minimum essential coverage” for purposes of meeting the individual mandate requirement.
Said Cook, “Too many people are being forced off their healthcare plans and are facing premiums they simply can’t afford. This bill makes good on the President’s broken promise and allows those receiving cancellation notices to continue to be covered on the plans they like.”
A member of the House Armed Services, Veterans’ Affairs, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook is a former educator who served as an infantry officer and retired as a Colonel after 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal with valor device and two Purple Hearts for actions in combat.