Exposing Hillary So She Won't Get Elected

GOP Reps Vote Obamacare Goodies for Themselves that Taxpayers will Pay For But Not Get

The Hill reported that as House Republicans renew efforts to create and pass a workable replacement to Obamacare, an amendment was added that would once again exempt members of Congress and their staff from provisions of the bill that could have a negative effect on some of their constituents.

In short, the people who want to replace Obamacare want to retain some of the aspects of Obamacare that are good for them, without allowing the rest of Americans to keep those same provisions.

The congressional exemption would apply to waivers granted to individual states that would allow them to opt out of certain mandates imposed by Obamacare, such as community ratings ( a flat price for plans for all enrollees in an area) and the essential benefits package (which requires coverage for various services that may be unnecessary), as was first noted by the Health Affairs Blog.

While states being exempted from those provisions could be good in the long run in a “free market” sort of way – and would lower premiums for younger, healthier individuals who don’t require much coverage – it would lead to high premiums for older, less healthy individuals who need the extensive coverage.

The fact that members of Congress and their staffs would be exempt from those waivers isn’t sitting well with some people, nor should it, as the laws they write and impose on the citizenry should be applied to themselves as well.

However, while Vox implies that this is a new development by uncaring Republicans granting themselves special privileges, The American Spectator pointed out that Congress has long been exempted from many of Obamacare’s mandates, which could explain why they have been dragging their feet when it comes to repealing and replacing the law.

Regardless of their reasons behind the decision to exempt themselves from certain provisions of the American Health Care Act, it doesn’t look good to anyone on either side of the political aisle.