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Thursday, May 4, 2017

House health care bill preserves members' privileges

Posted By on Thu, May 4, 2017 at 8:34 AM

The U.S. House is said to be near a deal on legislation to gut the Affordable Care Act and create untold misery for millions of the newly insured, particularly those with pre-existing health conditions.

Experts say the pre-existing condition element is an insufficient fig leaf and will cause enormous ill consequences. Also: The Senate isn't expected to approve the bill.

But amid all the noise, this is the one fact you need to consider:

If Obamacare was so bad, why is Congress so intent on keeping its coverage for itself and staff but no one else in the United States of America? One of several articles popping up on the sheer hypocrisy of the latest GOP plan.

House Republicans appear to have included a provision that exempts members of Congress and their staff from their latest health care plan.

The new Republican amendment, introduced Tuesday night, would allow states to waive out of Obamacare’s ban on preexisting conditions. This means that insurers could once again, under certain circumstances, charge sick people higher premiums than healthy people.

Republican legislators liked this policy well enough to offer it in a new amendment. They do not, however, seem to like it enough to have it apply to themselves and their staff

After this was disclosed, a sponsor said he'd close the loophole. But not in this piece of legislation. Check's in the mail.

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