As the first full week of May closed in the House of Representatives, the “repeal and replace” options put forward for Obamacare had passed. Barely. While Trump celebrated the win, many felt conflicted about their votes. Yet there’s one sure sign of hope, even for the critics of Trump Care, and that came from the desk of Martha McSally.
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McSally wanted to ensure that the rules that apply to all Americans really did apply to all Americans. Members of Congress and the Senate had been exempted from some of the provisions concerning preexisting conditions, specifically the state waiver provisions of the American Health Care Act.
“Any law we pass that applies to our constituents must apply equally to Members of Congress as well. Anything short of that is hypocrisy. Congress must abide by the laws it passes and should be treated no differently than other hardworking Americans,” Rep. McSally said. “My measure eliminates double standards by preventing Members of Congress from exempting themselves from American Health Care Act.”
This is welcome news to everyone outside of Congress.
The MacArthur Amendment to the American Health Care Act would have exempted members of Congress and their staff from the facing what we all will face. Not anymore. H.R. 2192, is a standalone bill that will repeal this provision if the American Health Care Act becomes law. Her amendment passed the House by a vote of 429-0.
McSally is a Republican, but has not been enthusiastic about the Trump administration’s plans for healthcare reform. Earlier in the week, after declining to stte her position on the matter publicly, McSally caved and reportedly told her colleagues it was time to “get this fucking thing done.”
They did get it done. And they are now in the process of making it better. At least now the members of Congress responsible for its passage will have to abide by its provisions.
There seems to be little optimism about the bill’s future, though. It now will proceed to the Senate. From there, if it passes, it will go into committee to have differences reconciled. Even then, though, there is much more that has to happen before it can take effect.