GOP Congressman ‘Happy To’ Give Up His Own Gov’t Health Care After Voting To Repeal Obamacare
During a brief on-camera conversation last week, Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV) suggested he’d be willing to give up his own congressional healthcare after voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the president’s health care law that has often been compared to the program provided to federal workers.
“Will you give up your own congressional health care after voting to repeal tomorrow?” the unnamed questioner asked Amodei as he left Capitol Hill the day before casting a vote to repeal the ACA law better known as “Obamacare.”
“Happy to,” the Republican replied. “Have a nice day.”
Amodei and all other members of Congress are insured, at taxpayers’ expense, by the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program (FEHBP), which has occasionally been proposed as the model for a national health insurance program. Opponents of Obamacare have criticized federal lawmakers for attempting to get out of a requirement to purchase health insurance through the law’s exchange system.
Critics have seen this as lawmakers, including the Democrats who formed the thrust of passing the healthcare law, purposely trying to avoid a portion of their own law that affects them most.
No word yet on whether Rep. Amodei has actually planned to drop his congressional coverage.
Watch the clip below, via NV02RawFootage:
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