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house Bill H.R. 2192

Should Members of Congress Not be Exempt From American Health Care Act Waivers?

Argument in favor

Members of Congress and their staffs should have to live under the laws that they write and enact. No exemption from waivers granted to states under the American Health Care Act should be given to them.

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05/04/2017
Government of the people, for the people and by the people.... No where does it say above the people
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05/04/2017
Not just healthcare but every law. The government is no special class of citizen. If you won't live under your law, how do you justify making us do it?
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05/04/2017
Our legislators should be required by law by virtue of their positions in government to participate in national safety net programs and services in the same way as all other citizens. Service to our country should not extend huge advantages that enable legislators to live in a secure bubble separated from the experiences of the people they serve. No legislator should be required to spend their own funds to maintain the demands placed upon them by their position, but should receive only the same level of national safety net support as the rest of us!
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Argument opposed

Members of Congress and their staffs make significant sacrifices to serve their constituents. Because they spend so much time away from their home state they shouldn’t be subject to state AHCA waivers.

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05/04/2017
What good for the American people is good for congress as well
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Davon's Opinion
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05/04/2017
If it's good enough for us, it's good enough for you.
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Yvonne's Opinion
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05/04/2017
If it's a workable bill for us, then you should live by its rules as well. You're not above us in any way.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • The house Passed May 4th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 429 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Administration
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Health
    IntroducedApril 27th, 2017

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What is House Bill H.R. 2192?

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.

Impact

Members of Congress and their staffs.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2192

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

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.



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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Medill DC via Flickr / Creative Commons)

Official Title

To amend the Public Health Service Act to eliminate the non-application of certain State waiver provisions to Members of Congress and congressional staff.

    Government of the people, for the people and by the people.... No where does it say above the people
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    What good for the American people is good for congress as well
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    Not just healthcare but every law. The government is no special class of citizen. If you won't live under your law, how do you justify making us do it?
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    Our legislators should be required by law by virtue of their positions in government to participate in national safety net programs and services in the same way as all other citizens. Service to our country should not extend huge advantages that enable legislators to live in a secure bubble separated from the experiences of the people they serve. No legislator should be required to spend their own funds to maintain the demands placed upon them by their position, but should receive only the same level of national safety net support as the rest of us!
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    This question is very poorly worded!
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    If they're forced to buy the same insurance as the rest of us then maybe they will have our best interest in mind when they vote.
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    There is no way on Gods green earth that the citizenry should receive one plan yet Congress gets something better. This last bill we really know nothing about but it's being shoved down our throats at the last moment by the President and the GOP. If this goes through, those currently in office won't have to worry about healthcare benefits, they will be out of a job.
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    You want Trumpcare? Then you live and die by Trumpcare just like the rest of us. This just shows you that even the Republicans think that Trumpcare is a lousy bill.
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    This bill is absolutely disgusting. What a blatant smack in the face to the American people. Lawmakers want to take away my healthcare and nix the regulations on preexisting conditions, yet exempt themselves from the consequences. What a fucking joke you disgusting hypocrites.
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    Our lawmakers are not a protected ruling class. I imagine that there are those who THINK that they are, and those who want to exempt themselves from a provision of the AHCA (which, BTW, I am not too crazy about) are obviously suffering from delusions of grandeur! If that is in fact the case, I think their constituents should set the record straight at the ballot box in the next election! As others have pointed out, what's good for the goose is good for the gander. HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE ACTUALLY READ THE ENTIRE BILL??? PLEASE DO SO BEFORE YOU VOTE ON IT! IF THERE IS SOMETHING YOU DON'T LIKE ABOUT THE BILL, FOR PETE'S SAKE VOTE AGAINST IT! DON'T SADDLE US WITH SOMETHING YOU WOULD NOT WANT FOR YOURSELF!!! Oh, and THANK YOU, Rep. McSally and all who cosponsored this bill! I VOTE YEA!
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    Members of congress have no business awarding themselves separate or special status. Leaders that see of themselves as such, as more deserving, than their constituents are undermining the principals of democracy. The lifetime salaries and special benefits they award themselves, separates their financial security from any need to represent the people who elected them: they are literally freed to pursue more lucrative sources of income. This sort of legislation exemplifies how the people lose control of their governments . It places democracy at risk. No one believes this is what our founding fathers envisioned. Does anyone really believe a congressmen gives more for his country than our servicemen, works longer hours? Not likely. Congressmen should be honored to represent our veterans, our healthcare professionals, teachers and law enforcement personnel. That anyone should propose 'special' treatment is an embarrassment to the office and one which for which they should be held accountable. It is shameful - truly of the House of Slytherin.
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    One plan for all.
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    Did members of congress write this triple negative, ultra-confusingly worded question? Who knows what it's actually asking?! Bottom line: they should have the exact care we're stuck with. Period.
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    Exemptions allow public officials to avoid being directly impacted by their own policies. If something is good enough for their constituents, it is also good enough for them.
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    Live by the rules you make!
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    Even though I tend to lean a bit Republican, this is straight up asinine. No special privileges or exemptions different than the American people they represent. Period.
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    No one should be exempt. If we are to expect our elected representatives to act in the interest of the people, they should also be a part of the law they are putting forth.
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    This should all be struck down, but if they want to build a rickety building, they should live in it.
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    Sounds like "The Hunger Games." Where the socialized leadership in the Capital live in luxury (Washington D.C.) Where the outlying districts (states) were taxed into near-starvation to support the people of the Capitol in decadent lifestyles. It is my belief that the founding father wanted laws to rule its citizens, not personally. So all men from the of Government, including all the worker bees, have equal healthcare unless they reach into their owe pockets for those little extras, like tummy tucks or jowl reduction and hair replacements. If Government wants socialized medicine, the they better live under "one size fits all."
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    The only reason members of congress and their families would want a different healthcare plan is because the healthcare plan they're forcing on us is below their standards, and if it's below their standards why should the American people they represent be forced to deal with the sub-par healthcare? If this plan is as good as they're trying to convince people it is then everybody should want to be on it.
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    This is such a rediculous issue. Why should they be any different than the rest of us? They need to remember that we gave them their jobs and we can take them away.
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