PETITION FOR TAXPAYERS TO CEASE SUBSIDIZING U.S. LAWMAKERS’ HEALTH CARE HITS NEARLY 500K SIGNATURES

An Oregon man has circulated a petition demanding that if Congress is willing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, its members should also be willing to forego their own health care subsidies.

On Thursday afternoon, the Change.org petition had received more than 432,000 signatures, with a goal of 500,000 before it will be sent off to congressional leadership.

In the petition’s description, Daniel Jimenez, of Portland, writes that his father had cancer and passed away as a result. “My dad had a job at the time, but his employer did not cover him, and without coverage, he avoided going to the doctor until it was too late.”

Now, Jimenez is concerned that if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, many people will be left in a position similar to his father’s.

The Republican plan to repeal and replace the health care law could leave 24 million people without health insurance, according to an estimate by the Congressional Budget Office.

House Democratic leaders attack Republican health care reform efforts as “costing Americans more and will produce less coverage for them.” At the same time they repeat calls for President Donald Trump to release his full tax returns. (March 15)

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