If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2017
…you know, threatening to take away healthcare from Congress if they did not bend to his orange will?
Seems that the Senate is double-dog daring him:
“If that’s what he wants to do, he ought to just do it,” Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told POLITICO. But as “probably he’s learned over the last couple of weeks, threats don’t really go over particularly well. My advice would be to either do it or don’t do it.”
In a series of angry tweets, Trump has threatened to cut off the government’s share of payments for the Obamacare plans that cover lawmakers and their staffs. Those payments are similar to the share many employers pay for their employees’ benefits — including other federal workers.
And you know, so what? Most Senators are millionaires many times over, they can afford it. But what about their staffs (who do the actual work)?
To be sure, most lawmakers can afford to lose the employer contribution. The median net worth of a member of Congress is more than $1 million, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
See? Told ya!
But the lawmakers are worried about one affected group: their staffs. Congressional staff are also required under the health care law to enroll in Obamacare plans. If Trump rewrites the regulation, it could also sweep up the employer contribution for Capitol Hill employees — a benefit most senators say should continue. Trump hasn’t distinguished between payments for the health plans of lawmakers and congressional staff.
“It would be harder to attract good help on Capitol Hill if” the payments end, said John Thune (R-S.D.).
And I suppose we could argue all day about the good help part (is too such a thing as Evil Help!), but the argument remains the same: Comrade Stupid is going to hurt the people at the bottom who can least afford it.
Even Ernst Stavro Blofeld’s white cat needed to go to the vet now and then.