The Affordable Care Act was signed into law by Barack Obama on March 10, 2010. This past Monday, February 27, 2017, Donald Trump, speaking before 46 U. S. governors, commented on repealing and replacing the ACA when he offhandedly said that “nobody knew health care could be so complicated.” This after the GOP had voted 65 times, with an Obama veto hanging over their vote, to repeal the ACA.
Members of Congress, both representatives and senators, are covered by the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. Their families are also covered, but individual members receive a number of perks not available even to family members.
When the GOP next considers repealing the ACA, it should also consider placing members of congress under their new “replacement” plan as well (RRCA). Pre-existing conditions should be accommodated; Little Paul Ryan’s penchant for “brown nosing” or Mitch McConnell and Mike Pence’s ability to hide-in-plain-sight. Risk pools and block grants should also be offered to our legislators and their families. And they should be able to go out-of-state to secure their coverage at a better premium.
Stick out your tongue and say ah.