Oregon man Daniel Jimenez lost his father to cancer. Jimenez’s father lacked health insurance, and waited too long to go to the doctor, which lead directly to his death. Because of this, Jimenez set up a petition at change.org to strip members of the US Congress, including Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and even President Donald Trump, of their health care coverage.
These lawmakers are elected to represent and serve us, not to get obscene paychecks and benefits. Given the serious healthcare problem in our country, Jimenez decided to work towards a change after his father’s death.The petition states:
Affordable health care is in decline as premiums and health costs increase at exponential rates. 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…A lot of Members of Congress promote choice as an American value, which is all the more reason for them to have to continue to choose their own health coverage from the free marketplace. If private health care is good for the American citizen, it should also be good for the people that defend it. 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?
Via an email to The Oregonian, Jimenez stated that the response to the petition “has been amazing”. Jimenez continued,
“There are also some really sad and scary comments about people needing health insurance because of pre-existing conditions and are fearing for their lives if they lose their health care plan,” he said. “An interesting fact is that people from both side of the political spectrum seem to agree with me about Congress not receiving any special treatment that regular people do not have.”
If the petition receives 500,000 signatures, it will be delivered to House Speaker Paul Ryan, Sen. Bernie Sanders and President Donald Trump.”
The petition currently has over one million signatures, and is still available here.