President Donald Trump on Saturday threatened to end “bailouts” for members of Congress and insurance companies if lawmakers don't pass a new health care bill in the near future.
“If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon,” Trump tweeted.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) said Trump’s warning is a “clear threat” to take away health care from members of Congress and their staff.
Murphy then asserted that the president does have the “power to cut off health care for leg branch employees & crater exchanges.” He then added, “I would argue this is a very serious moment.”
Whether Trump is just using rhetoric to spur action or actually plans to follow up on his threat is unclear. Trump has proved he is not a predictable president.
Fox News reporter Ed Henry said this weekend that the reason Trump’s supporters like his controversial tweets is because he routinely points out the “hypocrisy” of lawmakers — and Americans are tired of it, too.
Henry explained that members of Congress made a special rule for themselves to enter the small business exchange rather than following the rules that had been imposed on the rest of America. This helped pay for insurance for members of Congress and their staff benefits.
“What they were saying is, 'We want a little special carve-out,'” Henry said. “Now, will the president be able to do away with that? Who knows. Maybe it's just rhetoric. But he is pointing out that these lawmakers, who didn't have the courage of their convictions ... he's saying, 'Maybe I am going to expose your special deal.'”
Henry argued that Trump's message “resonates” with a lot of Americans.
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