Hypocrisy on Trumpcare

How much do Republicans in Congress love their new Trumpcare bill? I’ll tell you how much. They love it so much that they exempted themselves from it.

You may remember that members of Congress were required to use the Affordable Care Act. The particular section of the ACA where they were required to use it was Section 1312(d)(3)(D).

In the new Trumpcare bill states are allowed to get a waiver to do away with the essential health benefits required under the ACA and one to do away with the provision forbidding insurance companies from charging people with ‘pre-existing conditions’ higher premiums.

At least states are allowed to do that to you and me. But consider this provision which was added to the Trumpcare bill: “(A) Specified Non-Application Provisions. —In no case may a waiver for the purposes of paragraph (1) apply with respect to any of the following provisions: … (ii) Sections 1312(d)(3)(D), 1331, 1332, 1333, 1nd 1334 of such Act.”

In other words, the Republicans in Congress carefully excluded themselves from those wonderful waivers under the new Trumpcare. You and I can lose the defined essential health benefits and if we have a ‘pre-existing condition’ be charged unaffordable premiums, but congressmen and their staff can’t be. No, they would rather remain under the ACA provisions.

The hypocrisy is staggering. After something like sixty votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act and the failure to even bring the first Trumpcare bill to a vote, the new Trumpcare bill, which is so good for you and me, won’t apply to congressmen. No, they’ll keep the ACA provisions, thank you very much