What is it?
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.
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.