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Petition: Remove Health Care Subsidies For Congress

| by Sheena Vasani

After his uninsured father died from cancer, one Oregon man is taking up arms against members of Congress.

Although 30-year-old Daniel Jimenez's father had a job, his employer did not provide health insurance, his Change.org petition says.

Consequently, "he avoided going to the doctor until it was too late."

Now Jimenez is fighting back, rallying Americans to sign his petition to "remove health-care subsidies for Members of Congress and their families."

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"As Congress and President [Donald] Trump try to pass a new healthcare law, I'm reminded of my father and whether he would have made it if he had early access to cost-effective health care," Jimenez writes. "If Congress is willing to drastically cut healthcare subsidies for most people are they willing to have the same rules apply to them and their families?"

But Jimenez is not motivated by revenge. Instead, he believes such a move will help them better empathize with "panicking" citizens "fearing for their lives" who stand to lose their health insurance, reports Oregon Live.

As a result, he believes this may produce a better outcome for the Americans members of Congress are paid to represent.

"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," Jimenez said.

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Jimenez may be on to something.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans are backing his cause -- and the numbers are rising.

By March 15, more than 350,000 people had signed the petition. Once that number reaches 500,000, the petition will be delivered to Republican House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and the president.

Across the political spectrum, many are uniting in support of Jimenez's efforts.

"Please find a way to share this with President Trump -- this is a platform issue for him and I believe he really wants to see a better health care product available for everyone," commented one Facebook user on the petition's website. "From what I've seen of President Trump so far, while he may have run on the Republican ticket, he is not adverse to this kind of thinking. Couldn't hurt at a minimum to add him on the list to receive the petition."

"I agree with what you said AND I'm not even CLOSE to liking him!" responded another. "Lol! Of course I don't have to like him if he gets the job done, right?"

Sources: Change.org, Oregon Live / Photo credit: Speaker.gov/Wikimedia Commons

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