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GOP lawmaker: Trump should cancel health insurance subsidies for Congress

GOP lawmaker: Trump should cancel health insurance subsidies for Congress
© Greg Nash

One House Republican thinks President Trump should follow through on his threat to cancel some of lawmakers’ health benefits if Congress doesn’t send a healthcare bill to his desk.

Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday that eliminating what amounts to an employer contribution to pay for health insurance used by lawmakers and their staff would help serve as a motivation to fulfill the GOP’s campaign pledge to repeal the 2010 law.

“President Trump is right: the subsidies must be eliminated to incentivize Members of Congress to keep their promise and repeal Obamacare. Only then, will the American people — and their Representatives — see a return to affordable health care premiums,” Biggs said in a statement.

Under a Republican amendment to the Affordable Care Act, members of Congress must obtain insurance through the law’s exchanges. Lawmakers previously received health insurance through the federal government and had an employer contribution to pay for most of their premiums, similar to other Americans who get insurance through their jobs.

But lawmakers’ salaries are too high to qualify for premium subsidies on the District of Columbia health exchange that people with lower incomes would receive.

The Obama administration developed a rule allowing lawmakers and staff to receive a government subsidy to buy insurance on the D.C. exchange, in an effort to resemble a typical…

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