Republican runs away from questions about his amendment allowing Congress to keep healthcare

Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-New Jersey) seems to understand that his recent amendment to the Republican healthcare plan is indefensible.

On Tuesday night, MacArthur drafted an amendment to the American Health Care Act — also known as Trumpcare — that would allow individual states to decide which benefits are deemed essential for health insurance plans to cover. This would essentially allow austerity-obsessed governors like Scott Walker to decide that insurance companies operating in Wisconsin don’t have to offer coverage of pre-existing conditions, drug rehabilitation services, and mental health services.

The MacArthur amendment is also controversial for a special provision that allows members of Congress and their staff to keep their current healthcare benefits, despite eliminating them for everyday Americans, according to Talking Points Memo.

In a video taken by HuffPost reporter Matt Fuller, Rep. MacArthur is seen jogging up the stairs with his back to reporters asking him about the amendment. He can be heard saying “nope” when a journalist asks for a comment on his amendment, which was recently endorsed by the House Freedom Caucus (the arch-conservative coalition of Congress blamed for the death of the first Trumpcare bill).

With the endorsement of the House Freedom Caucus, Trumpcare’s passage in the U.S. House of Representatives becomes more likely, assuming moderate Republicans don’t go against their dyed-in-the-wool conservative colleagues. However, the bill will still need 60 votes in the U.S. Senate to have a chance at becoming law.


Tom Cahill is a writer for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook by clicking here.