McIntyre crosses aisle, votes for GOP Obamacare reforms

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Submitted: Fri, 11/15/2013 - 7:15pm
Updated: Fri, 11/15/2013 - 8:36pm

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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  • Guest2020 says:

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

  • SurfCityTom says:

    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.

  • beach guy says:

    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.

  • Wilmington Observer says:

    You call for term limits. We already have term limits. If you don’t want someone in office, don’t vote for them. If enough people agree, with you, then that candidate’s term is over. However, you admit that you voted for him. Seems hypocritical to me.

    Wilmington Observer

  • NB says:

    Mike McIntyre is the poster child for term limits. I say this as a registered Democrat. I have met and talked with him several times, offered him the ability to receive concrete evidence of scientific progress and data regarding stem cell advances but, as he condescendingly explained to me, he is from Lumberton and that won’t fly there. Well, his entire district is not Lumberton and he ceases to “fly” with me. I say this having worked the polls for him, in doing so had Ilario Pantano in my face and I didn’t back down. Mike always does, unless it involves handing out an oversized check during a photo op. The last election I voted for him as the somewhat lesser of two evils. I won’t be doing that again. Let the chips fall where they may and maybe if things get bad enough under a Teabilly racist things can be set right with a real champion of the people. All of the people! Enough of this dog and pony show we now have to endure.

  • chacoptaco says:

    remember, this “fix” will only be good for 1 year then this mess will start all over again. i wonder if this has anything to do with his being up for re-election next year? he won by the skin of his teeth last time.

  • SurfCityTom says:

    he remembers how close his last re-election victory was. And he remembers he no longer has the support of the Lumbee Tribal Council and its members who did not follow him when his district was redrawn.

  • Keenen Altic says:

    “even if it falls short of standards set” means that premiums will go up as people with more affordable plans or no insurance at all will be paid for by those with more coverage. The USA is the only developed country who has the ponzi scheme that health insurance is in the first place.

  • James Lewis says:

    Representative Mike McIntyre needs to go ahead and change parties because he will flip flop on an issue if he thinks it will hurt him in the next election. He should go ahead and change his party affiliation to the Republican Party. It is quite apparent that he cares more about getting reelected than taking a serious look at the issues. It is far past time that the 7th District has some new leadership. I find him to be quite humorous when he talks about the federal government needs to control it’s spending when he comes to the area passing out these big government checks like water coming out of a fountain. Mike you can’t have it both ways. Be honest with the people Insurance companies don’t care about the people they just want to see how much money they can get out of your pockets. Tell the taxpayers the truth about the insurance companies, for those who can’t pay for hospital services it will fall back on the taxpayers because most hospitals are owned by the counties that they are in and most private hospitals are here to make a profit. That means those who have insurance are paying for those who don’t and it’s far past time that everyone pays their own way.

  • Roger Mo says:

    Mike McIntyre doesn’t “cross the aisle” to vote with Republicans; it is his usual place on everything but procedural votes. It would be more honorable for him to change his party registration to Republican, but it would be even harder for him to win a Republican primary in his gerrymandered district than it will be to win another general election. And that’s what it’s all about for Mike McIntyre: Mike McIntyre.

  • 1234543 says:

    One thing about Mike, a man that will not stand for anything will bend to everything, Mike has flip flopped so much he doesn’t know which side of the aisle he is on, he is for what benefits Mike! He should have been kicking and screaming a lot more before now, the people that have lost their coverage are not going to be able to get it back. Why doesn’t Mike start a drive to bring everyone, including his fellow political hacks to live under the same standards they set for the citizens, putting themselves on social security and medicare and taking their federal pensions and roll them into social security, that would prove he is trustworthy. And while you are at it Mike, how about “term limits”, that will shore up healthcare.

  • kzpony says:

    The damage has already been done. For years I thought you were looking out for all people, but another Robin Hood you are. This whole obummer-care is a crock of doo-doo for the middle class. As always! We are always the ones getting screwed!

  • tke1 says:

    Mikey is not agreeing with the GOP. He’s purely and simply trying to cover his liberal rear end and hoping everyone forgets the fact he is a liberal democrat first and foremost. Election time is next year, Mikey. Better get your BIG broom out to try and get everything swept under the rug.

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