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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House has passed legislation letting insurance companies sell individual coverage to all comers, even if it falls short of standards set in “Obamacare.”

The vote was 261-157, and came after GOP lawmakers said the bill would ease the plight of millions of consumers reeling from cancellation notices. Thirty-nine Democrats crossed the aisle to support the bill, including Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-7th District).

The White House threatened a veto if the measure eventually reaches President Barack Obama’s desk. Democratic leaders worked furiously to minimize defections on the issue, while mindful it is likely to figure prominently in next year’s elections with control of Congress at stake.

The vote came Friday as Obama arranged a meeting at the White House with insurance company CEOs, and as the industry and state insurance commissioners began adjusting to an abrupt change in policy he announced a day earlier.

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  • SurfCityTom

    like you, I am a lifelong Republican. And until the Party comes up with a real candidate espousing Republican principles, I’ll continue supporting Mike. One of only 2 Democrats I have voted for.

  • Guest2020

    He only votes with the Republicans on obamacare when his vote will not affect the outcome.

  • beach guy

    Mike McIntyre has never supported this law so I do not know why all the hateful statements his voting is consistence on this subject. He did not do this for political gain he did it because it is the right thing to do. Look, I am a registered republican but until the gop can find a better man( and please do not bring up the last two yahoos) to run the district I will vote for Mike every time. He is cut from a different cloth than the mega wealthy party flag waving types that are in congress today he is a decent man that stands up for what he believes. He has done more to help vets than anyone in recent history I know of several occasions where he has helped individual vets get more and better benefits from the VA., That is because he takes his position as a servant of the people seriously.
    He voted against gun control against Obama care and many other items that did not make him the darling of his party. If he were a shill would he have done that?
    Also for everyone that enjoys the economic viability of their property being in proximity to the water Mike McIntyre is the one whom makes it so due to his tireless efforts in re-nourishment and waterway maintenance. It is a hard pill to swallow but without federal $$$ that would be nigh on impossible with out raising local taxes. Now loose your slings and arrows call me a turn coat or whatever but do not debase Mike he really does not deserve it.

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