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News Wednesday, Apr 26 2017

FLASHBACK: Republicans Demanded To Be Covered By Obamacare

Apr 26, 2017

The newest draft of the Republican health care plan would gut health insurance plans — but the GOP has exempted themselves from having to follow this dangerously bad law. Let’s take a look at what Republicans said just a few years ago, when they demanded to be covered by Obamacare.

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler made the following statement:

“Republicans don’t want to face the consequences of gutting health care for millions of Americans — but they’ve exempted themselves so they can keep their own high-quality insurance. If you are a regular American suffering from cancer, or if your child has asthma, Republicans have no problem letting your premiums skyrocket, just as long as they don’t have to live by the same rules. But back in 2010, Republican Senators and Congressmen tried to score political points by demanding that they be included in the Obamacare exchanges. Saying one thing and doing another is the definition of hypocrisy. When it threatens to bankrupt families, it is unconscionable.”

FLASHBACK: Let’s rewind the tape and take a look at what Republican Senators — and some current GOP Senate hopefuls — have said:

Sen. Dean Heller: “If every American must be subject to Obamacare, then all members of Congress and their staff, you and all political appointees, must be included in this onerous mandate as well.” (9/1/13)

Sen. Dean Heller: “It’s simple. Members of congress, their staff, and the administration must play by the same rules as the American taxpayer. Those who are responsible for crafting and passing Obamacare, including committee and leadership congressional staff, should be subject to the law as well.” (9/10/13)

Rep. Kevin Cramer: House passed bill requiring “members of Congress, legislative staff, White House officials and staff to be held to the same Obamacare rules as everyone else. I voted for it.” (10/21/13)

Rep. Kevin Cramer: “It is the height of hypocrisy to demand a special exemption from a law you designed.” (10/21/13)

Rep. Anne Wagner: The U.S. Senate voted to exempt themselves from Obamacare, “That’s wrong.” (9/30/13)

Rep. Vicky Hartzler: “I remain committed” to “making sure no one gets special treatment under Obamacare.” (10/4/13)

Sen. Jeff Flake: “Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona’s Sixth District, today joined with other Republicans to require an amendment to the healthcare bill that would automatically enroll all Members of Congress in the public option.” (11/3/09)


Published: Apr 26, 2017

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