Half a million sign petition to repeal Congress’s lavish health benefits

Half a million sign petition to repeal Congress’s lavish health benefits
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Under the Affordable Care Act, ACA, all Americans are required to purchase health care, but members of U.S. Congress benefit significantly from a 72 percent government subsidy for health care. A Change.org petitiion hopes to change that.

As the debate regarding the replacement of the ACA, also known as Obamacare, continues, a Change.org petition targeting Congress has surfaced. The petition, which has more than 500,000 signatures of people, pushes for the removal of health care subsidies for members of Congress and their families. An unsubsidized health care plan that would cost a regular citizen US$500 each month normally costs a member of Congress only US$140 a month.

Started last week by Daniel Jimenez, the petition argues that if members of Congress are certain that the proposed replacement for the ACA is good for Americans, then they should have no concerns about using the same system.

“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,” Jiminez wrote….

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