Petition to remove health care subsidies for members of Congress already has 664,000 signatures
March 19, 2017
(NATIONAL) -- An Oregon man, Daniel Jimenez of Portland says what's good for the goose is good for the gander.
He's circulating a petition demanding that members of the US Congress forego their own health care subsidies since they are so willing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a move that could leave 24 million people without health insurance, according to an estimate by the Congressional Budget Office.
As of early Sunday morning the Change.org petition had received 664, 290 signatures. The plan was to send the petition off to leaders of the US Congress once 500,000 signatures had been gathered.
Here is what Mr. Jimenez wrote when putting up to the petition:
"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 health care 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.
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 health care subsidies for most people, are they willing to have the same rules apply to them and their families?"