Ahh, you mad, boo?
I would argue this is a very serious moment. President making personal threats to us and our constituents if we don't pass his bill. https://t.co/49yAOU2bnU
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) July 29, 2017
The “threat” he’s referring to is this tweet from President Donald Trump saying he will take away “very soon” Congress’ subsidy that allows members and their staff to buy Obamacare on the cheap:
If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2017
TheWashington Postreported that the current taxpayer subsidy covers 72% of these premiums:
The Affordable Care Actrequiredmembers of Congress, along with their staff, to buy health-care insurance through the online markets created underthe law, thesignature legislative achievement of the Obama presidency. But the lawmakers and their staff members generally make too much to qualify for subsidies under the law meant for low-income Americans. So President Barack Obama decided to letindividual congressional offices be counted assmall businesses, thereby allowing members and their staff to qualify for thesubsidies.
On Saturday, Trump threatened to undo that Obama administration decision, effectively yanking away the federal governments contribution to the insurance plans of members of Congress and their staff. Currently, their employer (i.e., taxpayers) pays 72 percent of their premiums.
So, senator, this is a really valid question:
If ObamaCare is hurting people, & it is, why shouldn't it hurt the insurance companies & why should Congress not be paying what public pays?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2017
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