While this doesn’t come as a huge surprise, it’s still disgusting to think about and needs to be spread to the masses. There’s a serious problem with a health care bill when the party who created it needs to exempt themselves from it.
The GOP essentially wants to strip their constituents of vital government health services, while they get to enjoy all of the benefits themselves.
Insurers can offer plans without these benefits — unless they’re selling coverage to members of Congress and their staff, who are required to buy coverage on the health law marketplaces. The exemption says this part of the law still applies to any plans sold to Congress.
The language of this exemption is very similar to the exemption in the House repeal bill. It appears on page 167 of the bill, in this paragraph (bolding my own):
(d) NON-APPLICABLE PROVISIONS DESCRIBED. — The provisions described in this subsection are the following:
(1) Subsection (d) of section 1302 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 6 18022); except for the purposes of applying section 1302(b) to sections 1252, 1301(a)(2), 1312(d)(3)(D), 1331, 1333, and 1334 of such Act, subsection (b) of such section 1302; and subsection (c)(1)(B) of such section 1302.
This proves just how much Republicans love the Affordable Care Act. They plan to keep the essential benefits offered in Obamacare for themselves by using the tricky language in the preceding sections of their bill.