Maloney bills would subject Congress members to “Trumpcare”

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney has introduced three bills that would force Congress members with government-subsidized health insurance to accept for themselves and their families what he views as the most harmful changes in coverage standards that Republicans are considering.

The Cold Spring Democrat, an outspoken opponent of the GOP proposals to repeal and replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act, pitched his “Do Unto Others” bill package as a dose of reality for his colleagues, one that would require them to abide by the same proposed changes in guaranteed services, premiums and protections for people with pre-existing health problems.

“What’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” Maloney said. “Members of Congress who vote for a garbage health care bill shouldn’t get to keep their special access to Obamacare while they stick their constituents with more expensive plans that cover less. Don’t think your state should cover Essential Health Benefits like hospital stays or prescription drugs? Then your family shouldn’t get that coverage either. If you think high risk pools are so great, you can join one. Think older folks should be charged more for their care? You can pay those rates too.”

One bill would require members whose states waive the ACA rules on pre-existing conditions to accept whatever alternatives those states devise for that population, such as high-risk insurance pools. Another would force members whose states waive the “essential health benefits” that all insurers must now carry to enroll in the weakest policies their states offer. The third bill would require members from states that let insurers raise premiums for older customers to take their state’s most expensive plan.

House Republicans narrowly passed their health insurance bill on May 4. Senate Republican leaders wanted to try to pass their version this week but postponed the vote because they didn’t have enough support within their own caucus.

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