The new Republican Amendment, which was introduced late Tuesday, will allow the country to break free from Obamacare's ban on pre-existing conditions. This means that insurance companies can once again, under certain circumstances, charge higher costs to sick people than healthy people.
Republican legislators like this policy well enough to offer it in a new amendment. However, they don't seem to like it enough to apply to themselves and their staff. A spokesperson for Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), who wrote this amendment, confirmed this: Members of Congress and their staff will be guaranteed to obey Obamacare's rules. Health law expert Tim Jost marked this particular problem for me.
A little background is very helpful here. Obamacare requires all members of Congress and their staff to purchase coverage through the health law market, as do Obamacare registrants. The politics of the board are quite simple, intended to show that if the coverage in this law is good enough for Americans, it must be good enough for their representatives in Washington.
That has happened for the past four years now. Fast forward to this new amendment, which will allow the state to waive major Obamacare protections such as a ban on pre-existing conditions or requirements to cover things such as maternity care and mental health services.
If congressional aides live in circumstances that decide to give up this protection, sick aides may be vulnerable to higher premiums than healthy aides. Their benefit package could be smaller because Obamacare's important health care requirements may no longer apply.
This does not seem interesting, because Republican amendments include members of Congress and their staff as protected groups that cannot be influenced by the provisions of this amendment.
You can see it on the sixth page of the amendment, although this is indeed difficult to recognize. The Obamacare section that requires legislators to buy on the market is section 1312 (d) (3) (D). And if you look at Republican amendments, and whose list cannot be included in this waiver? This includes Sections 1312 (d) (3) (D).
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