President Trump has ratcheted up pressure on lawmakers to pass a healthcare plan with a threat to cancel some of lawmakers’ healthcare benefits.
“If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!” Trump tweeted.
If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2017
The second part of the tweet referenced congressional health benefits.
Members of Congress and many staffers were removed from Federal Employee Health Benefits structure and put into the new insurance exchanges set up by ObamaCare in 2010.
The Office of Personnel Management under the Obama administration said members of Congress could obtain subsidized insurance through Washington, D.C.’s health insurance exchange.
Conservative groups such as Heritage Action, which is the political wing of the Heritage Foundation, have decried the Obama-era rule.
“Senators should finally subject themselves to the same burdens imposed upon their constituents,” Heritage Action president Michael Needham wrote in an Independent Journal Review op-ed.
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