Without a doubt, numerous members of U.S. Congress have what they have defined in their Trumpcare bill as preexisting conditions. Conveniently for these congresspersons, they are immune to the ill effects of Trumpcare, however, since they are all on “Cadillac” healthcare plans provided by the federal government.
Many have been angered at the hypocrisy of the 217 Republican members of congress who just voted to strip away health care protections from vulnerable Americans while maintaining their own coverage. A group of Americans that is 910,000 and growing is sticking it to these Republicans for their cruel act.
A Twitter user named Sam Francis asked Washington lawmakers, “@amjoyshow I only have one question why don’t the American people deserve the same insurance that congressmen Senators and their families have?#fair” A man from Portland, Oregon named Daniel Jimenez decided to take action, and launched a petition demanding that, in the spirit of fairness, members of Congress who voted to take away health care get their own health care benefits taken away in turn.
Detailed Jimenez in his Change.org petition, which at time of writing has more than 910,000 signatures, “Several years ago, my dad got the news that he had cancer. Sadly, he passed away. My dad had a job at the time, but his employer did not cover him, and without coverage, he avoided going to the doctor until it was too late. As Congress and President Trump try to pass a new healthcare law, I’m reminded of my father and whether he would have made it if he had early access to cost-effective health care. Affordable health care is in decline as premiums and health costs increase at exponential rates. Some politicians cannot relate to the cost burden experienced by families across the nation because they’ve historically received health benefits that most Americans have not.”
He continued, “Like millions of people who are panicking about possible changes to their health insurance, I’m concerned the people elected to represent us won’t have to live with the consequences or expenses that the rest of us may have to face soon. I want lawmakers to commit to treating themselves just like those who will be impacted by ACA repeal or replacement. A lot of Members of Congress promote choice as an American value, which is all the more reason for them to have to continue to choose their own health coverage from the free marketplace. If private health care is good for the American citizen, it should also be good for the people that defend it. If Congress is willing to drastically cut healthcare subsidies for most people, are they willing to have the same rules apply to them and their families?” Will you sign Daniel’s petition?