It should come as no surprise that members of Congress do not want their health insurance through Obamacare. Other than those who receive it with heavy subsidies, no one does. President Trump has now thrown down the gauntlet on the issue to Congress with some pointed tweets on the issue.
Yesterday, the President tweeted as follows:
If ObamaCare is hurting people, & it is, why shouldn’t it hurt the insurance companies & why should Congress not be paying what public pays?
The President certainly has a valid point there. Fair is fair, and members of Congress should feel the pain just like the rest of us.
The July 31st tweet came on the heels of a tweet he posted on Saturday:
If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!
Both private insurance markets and members of Congress have now been issued a harsh warning that President Trump is fed up and means business. If Congress continues to fumble around and fails to repeal and replace Obamacare with something better and more workable, the subsidies that they have relied on will be pulled.
If that doesn’t push Congress into meaningful action, nothing will.
As explained in Sunday’s Boston Herald:
The Affordable Care Act pushed lawmakers and their staffs off a federal health care plan and required them to get health care through one of the markets established by the law. Since 2014, the federal government has categorized congressional offices as “small businesses” and made an “employer contribution” of about 72 percent to the plans they purchase — a contribution Trump is now threatening to end.
Rather than a good-faith clerical error, this was an intentional falsehood, which makes it a crime under both federal and D.C. law.
This would of course mean that Congressional members and staff have been receiving subsidized health insurance through a program that they explicitly do not qualify for. In other words, it amounts to an intentional violation of the Affordable Care Act.