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A petition to cancel Congress' health care subsidies appears headed for Trump's desk


UPDATE | March 17th,  8:00am  

The online  Change.org petition now has over 500,000 signatures.    No plans have been announced as to when or how  the petition will be presented to Congress or President Trump. 

Original story

Every time Congress passes an unpopular bill, there are the complainers: "Maybe Congress should try living with [whatever the downside of the bill is]!" 

Those people might have their big moment. A petition to end health care subsidies for members of Congress has more than 400,000 signatures. If it hits 500,000, it will be presented to the President, the Speaker of the House, and the Senate, The Daily Dot reports. Of course, this doesn't guarantee Congress would have to pass the bill. 

... Members of Congress promote choice as an American value, which is all the more reason to have them continue to choose their own...
Daniel Jimenez, the petition's creator

The creator of the petition, Daniel Jimenez, wrote that his father did not have health insurance through his employer and avoided going to the doctor. His father died of cancer, which spurred Jimenez to fight for affordable care. 

A petition to cancel Congress' health care subsidies appears headed for Trump's desk

When asked how Congress would be covered under the American Health Care Act, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said he hadn't thought about that yet in a briefing with reporters Thursday.

Honestly, even if the petition gathered 5 million signatures, I don't think members of Congress would do something as drastic as that.
Daniel Jimenez

Jimenez does not expect Congress to act on his petition. 

Jimenez supports the Affordable Care Act, as do about 48 percent of Americans, according to a February Pew poll. But proponents of the AHCA argue the ACA has stifled competition among health insurance providers and driven up prices. Ryan said the AHCA would "drive down costs, encourage competition and give every American access to quality, affordable health insurance." 

However, many conservatives argue the bill doesn't go far enough. The Congressional Budget Office projects 24 million people will lose coverage under the AHCA. 

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