Democrats Attack Congressional Republicans For Saving Their Own Healthcare
Aside from ideological and political reasons, Congressional Republicans have another reason to repeal President Obama’s signature healthcare law: self interest. The Affordable Care Act pushed members of Congress into insurance exchanges with everyone else. But by voting to repeal the law, members of Congress stand to get back their cushy benefits, and they’ve resisted Democratic led efforts to get in the way.
The Huffington Post reports on how some legislators tried to take the self-interest out of repeal:
They [Congressional Republicans, and some Democrats] also voted against a Democratic motion that said members of Congress who support repealing the health care law must also repeal the good stuff they get, such as lifetime care and insurance regardless of pre-existing conditions.
Members of Congress are also eligible for retirement benefits after only five years.
Oddly enough, it was a Republican who championed the amendment to the ACA that put representatives in the insurance exchanges. According to The Hill, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) said it would ensure “that lawmakers live under the same rules as their constituents.”
What do you think? Should members of Congress have to forgo their benefits if they repeal the healthcare law?