Trump threatens to cut health care benefits for Congress, O-care bailouts for insurers

Trump threatens to cut health care benefits for Congress, O-care bailouts for insurers

[Ed. – I rarely find a situation in which I’d second-guess Trump on brinkmanship tactics, but in this case, I’d do it differently.  Now isn’t necessarily the time, but you don’t pull this one and wave it around.  You wait to see if the time has to come, you have your plan in mind — and then you just do it.]

President Donald Trump made one of his most explicit threats to cut off payments to insurance companies to force senators and lobbyists back to the bargaining table for a GOP health-care bill, and saying, for the first time, that he was also willing to cancel some of lawmakers’ health-care benefits.

“If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!” Mr. Trump tweeted Saturday. …

It was…the first to mention that he was open to another idea proposed by conservative activists to pull lawmakers back to the task of a health-care bill: cutting off their existing health benefits.

Activists including Heritage Action, the political arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation, have proposed that Mr. Trump’s administration change a rule promulgated by the Office of Personnel Management during the Obama administration that allows members of Congress and their staff to obtain subsidized insurance alongside other Washington, D.C., small businesses.

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