Some GOPers will panic if their own Obamacare amendment goes through
The House GOP doesn’t want the average uninsured American to have access to health insurance through the ACA. But they sure do notice if they themselves might have to pay more.
Members of Congress and their staffs have to buy their policies on the new ACA exchanges. Poor drafting of the law, however, accidentally eliminated the group-health subsidy that workers, in both the public and private sectors, normally get from their employers. That would have forced Congress and staffs to pay the full cost of their personal and family coverage (all other federal workers get subsidies through the government’s group-health plan).
The Obama administration (with GOP support) recreated the subsidy so that Congress and staffs would not be unfairly punished. Now, however, the House GOP is calling the subsidy “special treatment” and trying to eliminate it. It’s a ploy to rile the public, which doesn’t understand the issue. The higher cost would be no problem for the many millionaires in the House. But what about those who aren’t?
The NYTimes reports: “Representative Chris Stewart, Republican of Utah, said members were standing to say they had sick children who would be hard to insure, or they themselves would struggle to buy insurance, either because of their age or their health conditions.” D’uh.
They see the scary problem of unaffordable insurance if it affects them and their children but not if it affects others — especially low-earning people they’re not likely to know.
Senator Ted Cruz, by the way, apparently gets his own health insurance through Goldman Sachs, a gold-plated plan.