The House GOP are changing their bill, and it’s for the worse. The new amendment to the bill will exempt members of congress from the Obamacare replacement.
This is likely an attempt to gain support from opposing sides within congress as to pass the bill.
The Hill reported:
The new changes to the bill would allow states to apply for waivers for certain ObamaCare provisions, such as a ban on insurers charging premiums based on a customer’s health and the requirement that insurers’ basic health plans cover certain services, like prescription drugs and mental health.
The GOP amendment exempts members of Congress and their staffs to ensure that they will still be protected by those ObamaCare provisions.
The exemption was flagged by health law professor Tim Jost.
Democrats quickly jumped on the development, arguing that Republicans are willing to take away protections for the general public, but not themselves.
“The best evidence yet that the new GOP repeal plan is a disaster for people’s health care is that the GOP exempted members of Congress from living under it,” said Leslie Dach, director of the Protect Our Care Campaign, one of the main groups fighting repeal.
The amendment is helping to woo some conservatives, who argue that the ObamaCare regulations are driving up premium costs and note that high-risk pools would be able to fill the gap.
However, many Republican moderates remain opposed to the bill.
It’s insulting the GOP thinks they can simply exempt themselves from sh*tty healthcare, while the rest of the country is stuck with it and expect to be re-elected.