Boehner, Pelosi say legislative fix needed for Obamacare

November 14, 2013

Speaking minutes before Obama’s announcement on his Obamacare fix, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) suggested that the administration would not be able to correct the issue without legislative action. And his counterpart, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), suggested Congress should act as well.

"I'm highly skeptical they can do this administratively," Boehner told reporters at his weekly press briefing.Boehner continued to push for the legislation offered by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) that would allow insurance companies to continue selling existing individual plans through 2014, even to those who originally purchased them after the 2010 cut-off date in the health-care law.

Boehner suggested any "fix" wouldn't repair the law, though. "There is no way to fix this," he said.

Pelosi, briefing reporters before Boehner spoke, said that despite President Obama's impending announcement, House Democrats will also pursue a legislative fix themselves.

Pelosi said to think of it as a "belt and suspenders."

"I want to do both," Pelosi said, declining to expound on what House Democrats will propose. Pelosi did say House Democrats are united around the idea of fixing the issue of canceled insurance plans.

Originally posted at 11:19 a.m. Updated with Boehner's comments.

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