New healthcare bill’s exemption for lawmakers raises alarms

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A new reworked health care bill has many changes that should make it more conservative-friendly, including allowing states to apply for waivers so they can decided for themselves if their constituents want to opt out of certain ObamaCare provisions such as the ban on insurers charging premiums based on a customer’s health and the requirement that insurers’ basic health plans cover certain services, like prescription drugs and mental health.

However, one proposed amendment to the ObamaCare replacement bill could make members of Congress and their staff exempt from losing ObamaCare provisions.

Health law professor Tim Jost noticed the discrepancy between Americans and their leaders, and Democrats quickly jumped on the story, with critics calling the new repeal plan “a disaster for people’s health care.”

GOP leadership is now scrambling to get rid of the language and bring Congressmen back down to the same level as those who elected them. Rep. Thomas MacArthur (R-N.J.) has been working on rewording the latest compromise with Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the leader of the House Freedom Caucus.

According to a spokeswoman for MacArthur, “Congressman MacArthur does not believe Members of Congress or their staff should receive special treatment and is working with House Leadership to make absolutely clear that Members of Congress and staff are subject to the same rules, provisions, and protections as all other Americans.”

In other words, the bill is still a work in progress.

H/T: The Hill

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