As Americans across the country have been languishing under Obamacare for the past several years, would it at all surprise you to find out that there is one special group of people who haven’t had to deal with its problems? If you guessed members of Congress, you’re right.
Noticing the blatant hypocrisy of Congress enforcing healthcare legislation that average Americans have to deal with but Congress does not, one GOP congressman announced a radical idea that might increase their willingness to replace the failing healthcare program: make Congress live under Obamacare. (via Independent Journal Review)
As part of an administrative rule by the Obama administration, members of Congress don’t have to deal with many of the burdens the healthcare system places on Americans.
“They were supposed to be under it in the statute but what happened when it was being implemented in 2013 is the Obama administration issued an administrative rule that effectively exempted Congress from what would happen under Obamacare, so there is a lot of subsidies going to Congress, they have their own special exchange in D.C.” said U.S. Representative Ron DeSantis (R-FL). “The president can undo that by administrative action. I think if he were to undo that and make Congress live under it, I think they’d be rushing to repeal it.”
Rep DeSantis’ comments are in response to a standstill in Congress when the GOP didn’t have enough votes to pass a healthcare bill that would repeal and replace Obamacare, something they have been talking about for several years. Instead of repealing and immediately replacing Obamacare, they have shifted to repeal first and replace later.
One would expect that if members of Congress had to personally deal with the same program Americans have been struggling under, representatives such as Senators Mike Lee of Utah, Jerry Moran of Kansas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Susan Collins of Main, who voted against the party in repealing Obamacare, would be clamoring to get it repealed.
In fact, many Democrats would jump ship if they had to live under the same healthcare program they have seemingly sworn to defend.
In a speech on the Senate floor, Ron DeSantis elaborated on his brief Fox News interview, where he brought up that these exceptions were illegal. “Obamacare included a provision dropping the congressional health plans for members of Congress and diverting members to the Obamacare exchanges where they would have to pay their own premiums. Yet, an Obama administration regulation gutted this provision and provided lucrative taxpayer subsidies for members, therefore creating an illegal exemption for Congress under Obamacare.” (via YouTube)
Congress has yet to pass a replacement for Obamacare. Do you think they should remain in session instead of going home during the August recess?
If Trump did indeed go ahead with such a plan, you could almost guarantee that Obamacare would be repealed and replaced quickly. It would not be the first time Trump made Congress live with the consequences of their inaction, having told Congress they shouldn’t be permitted to go on August recess until they present a bill for him to sign.
As we enter the final week of July, the entire nation is watching news developments on the Senate floor closely. Whether or not the GOP will be able to pull through with a repeal and replacement for Obamacare is still to be seen.
Meanwhile, Americans who voted for GOP congressmen on the basis of an Obamacare repeal and replacement are hoping that their representatives follow through with their promise.