Thursday, July 20, 2017

Ron DeSantis to Trump: Cut Obamacare subsidies to pressure Congress

Via Billy

He said Congress will repeal Obamacare if they have to live with it. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

President Trump should use healthcare subsidies for Congress as leverage over lawmakers in Obamacare repeal talks, according to Florida Republican.

"If you make them live under Obamacare, my guess is that they will vote to quickly repeal Obamacare," Rep. Ron DeSantis said Thursday on the House floor.

That suggestion revived a Republican attack on a regulation promulgated under former President Obama that allowed members of Congress and their staff to receive healthcare subsidies. The rule survived attacks by several lawmakers, but DeSantis argued Trump can use it to prod senators hesitant to get behind a healthcare bill crafted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

"The best way to restart the Obamacare repeal process is simple: make Congress live under it," DeSantis said. "The president can make this happen."

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