This bill would eliminate an exemption contained in the American Health Care Act that would’ve allowed members of Congress and their staffers to be exempted from state waivers of Obamacare requirements like the essential health benefits mandate if the AHCA were to become law.
What is House Bill H.R. 2192?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 2192
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) introduced this bill to prevent members of Congress from exempting themselves from the American Health Care Act:
“In America, lawmakers are not above the law. Members of Congress should be treated no differently than other Americans struggling to afford healthcare. Representatives should have to abide by the very same options for coverage as their constituents, and anything short of that is simply hypocrisy. Congress must live by the rules it creates.”
This legislation has the support of 80 cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Republicans.
Of Note: House Republicans were widely criticized when it was revealed that an exception had been inserted into the American Health Care Act. During the debate surrounding Obamacare, Republicans successfully moved to require members of Congress and their staffs to obtain health insurance through the exchanges available to the rest of Americans.
Summary by Eric Revell(Photo Credit: Medill DC via Flickr / Creative Commons)
To amend the Public Health Service Act to eliminate the non-application of certain State waiver provisions to Members of Congress and congressional staff.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
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- The house Passed May 4th, 2017Roll Call Vote 429 Yea / 0 Nay
Committee on AdministrationCommittee on Energy and CommerceHealthIntroducedApril 27th, 2017
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