Congressman Urges Trump To Follow Through On Threat

Representative Ron DeSantis, a Republican from Florida, right, looks on as Representative Jason Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, speaks during a House Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. The hearing is part of some Republican lawmakers' push to impeach International Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen for allegedly failing to cooperate with an investigation after the IRS reportedly targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

President Donald Trump recently threatened to end congressional “bailouts” on their healthcare if they do not pass a new healthcare legislation.

Members of Congress are currently exempt to the effects of Obamacare, and Trump thinks removing the subsidy over their healthcare will motivate them to act more quickly on repealing or replacing the bill.

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At least one member of Congress agrees with the idea, thinking it will immediately spur his colleagues into action.

Per Washington Examiner:

Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., argued Monday that President Trump should follow through on his weekend threat and cancel all subsidies that federal lawmakers get to buy insurance under Obamacare.

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He also said killing lawmakers’ subsidies might be the best way to kill Obamacare.

“I think if he moves swiftly on it, I think you’d see a lot of these members and senators, they would want to work to repeal Obamacare very quickly,” DeSantis said on Fox News.

“I decline the subsidy,” DeSantis said. “It’s not right and I don’t take it because I don’t think it’s lawful.”

“I think the president would be absolutely within his rights to cancel the Obama rule that conferred this subsidy on Congress,” he added.