Demand Congress introduce a bill stripping them of their taxpayer-funded healthcare plans.

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It's clear that Republican leaders in Congress are willing to deprive the citizens of the United States of affordable healthcare by abolishing the Affordable Care Act while offering a half-baked plan that promises to restrict access to affordable care, offer tax cuts to the rich, and empower insurance companies.

According to the New York Times, "The House Republican bill would roll back the expansion of Medicaid that has provided coverage to more than 10 million people in 31 states, reducing federal payments for many new beneficiaries. It also would effectively scrap the unpopular requirement that people have insurance and eliminate tax penalties for those who go without. The requirement for larger employers to offer coverage to their full-time employees would also be eliminated.

People who let their insurance coverage lapse, however, would face a significant penalty. Insurers could increase their premiums by 30 percent, and in that sense, Republicans would replace a penalty for not having insurance with a new penalty for allowing insurance to lapse."

It is the height of hypocrisy to limit healthcare for those who are paying for the gold-star healthcare plans members of Congress and their families enjoy every day. As an employer, our Federal Government pays 72%-75% of premiums for Congressional members. If taxpaying American citizens are on their own regarding healthcare, if American citizens can't even count on full-time employment to receive healthcare, members of Congress should suffer the same fate.

For more on Congressional healthcare plans, visit this link: https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43194.pdf



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