Petition for Congress to lose its health coverage grows to 500K signatures

BYLINE: Nathan Rousseau Smith

As Republican lawmakers and President Donald Trump furiously work to convince lawmakers to support their health care bill, one petition is calling for congress to lose their health coverage.

This online petition is calling for the revoking of health care subsidies for lawmakers and their families. It's already gained over half a million signatures.

Petitioner Daniel Jimenez, who lost his uninsured father to cancer, argues, "some politicians cannot relate to the cost burden experienced by families across the nation because they've historically received health benefits that most Americans have not."

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Efforts to help lawmakers relate to the struggles of common Americans comes as the Congressional Budget Office reported the American Health Care Act would cause 14 million people to lose their health insurance by 2018.

This will largely be due to younger people opting out of insurance. However, later on that number will grow to 24 million as older and sicker Americans are unable to afford the new plan.

Jimenez writes, "If congress is willing to drastically cut health care subsidies for most people, are they willing to have the same rules apply to them and their families?"

The petition will be delivered to congress once it reaches 1 million signatures.

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