GOP Congressman: Make Members of Congress Live Under Obamacare

By Susan Jones | July 21, 2017 | 11:45 AM EDT

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) says health care reform would pass Congress quickly if lawmakers had to sign up for Obamacare. (Screen grab from Fox News)

( - The best way to get health care reform through Congress is to make members of Congress live under Obamacare, Sen. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) told Fox News on Friday:

They were supposed to be under the statute, but what happened was, when it was being implemented in 2013, the Obama administration issued an administrative rule which effectively exempted Congress from what would happen under Obamacare.

So there's a lot of subsidies going to Congress. They have their own special exchange in D.C. The president can undo that by administrative action. I think if he were to undo that and make Congress live under it, I think they'd be rushing to repeal it.

DeSantis said "the time is now" to get a Republican bill passed.

“The president's right,” he said. “People have been prattling about his for seven years, and if you can't get the votes to do what you campaigned on, why are you there?"

DeSantis, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, opposed the first health care bill to emerge in the House, but he was among the conservatives to vote yes on May 4 after changes were made to the original legislation.

The House bill passed 217-213. The Senate wrote its own repeal-and-replace bill, but has been unable to muster at least 50 Republican votes to pass it.

At a news conference on Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he wants the Senate to take up a repeal bill with a two-year delay.

“Next week we'll be voting on the motion to proceed,” he said. “And I have every expectation of trying to get on the bill.”

McConnell said, “We cannot keep the commitment we've made to the American people to repeal and replace Obamacare unless we get on the bill.”