The House Republicans tried to exempt themselves from Trumpcare and the reaction was so angry and so bad that they had to abandon the effort. But that example wasn't enough to deter Mitch McConnell.
Senate Republicans included a provision that exempts members of Congress and their staff from part of their latest health care plan.
This exemption could have the effect of ensuring that members of Congress have coverage for a wider array of benefits than other Americans who purchase their own coverage.
A Senate Republican aide confirmed that the exemption existed but was unable to comment as to the specific effect it would have. The aide said it was included to ensure that the bill hewed to the chamber’s strict reconciliation rules that limit the policies this health bill can include.
What this means? This is what it means.
An exemption mandates that members of Congress have access to the essential health benefits
They’re threatening that access to essential health benefits away from their constituents, and keeping it for themselves. Now, it could be a bit of kabuki from McConnell—he puts it in there so that his members can express outrage about how awful it all is and how they won’t stand for it, and then he’ll take it out and they can declare victory. That could definitely be happening. And we shouldn’t be fooled by it if it does.
There’s plenty in this horrible bill to oppose, namely the Medicaid cuts, that a number of senators who want people to think are moderate say they can’t stand and couldn’t vote for. So don’t let them play this game, if that’s what’s going on here.
Make Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump angry. Keep calling your Senators at (202) 224-3121, and tell them ABSOLUTELY NO DEAL on Trumpcare. Tell them to move on, and then tell us how it went.
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