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Issa to Senate: Give All Americans Access to Same Insurance Options As Federal Employees

Press Release
Jul 27, 2017

As the Senate continues its work to repeal and replace Obamacare -- working to find the 50 votes needed -- Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista) is urging the Senate to take up a proposal to allow all Americans to purchase plans offered through the robust Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan (FEHBP).

Congressman Issa wrote urging his Senate colleagues to consider the proposal he has offered since 2009 to give every American access to the same insurance plans provided to federal employees and their families. The concept has been discussed favorably in the past by conservative and liberals alike including by the Heritage Foundation, former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-KS), Barack Obama and the late Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA).

Opening FEHBP would solve many health care concerns, including the roughly one-third of the nation which will have no choice on Obamacare starting next year by providing hundreds of private plan options, nationwide coverage options, and required coverage of pre-existing conditions. 

In his letter to the Senate, Congressman Issa writes, “As the Senate looks for additional options to replace the ACA, opening the federal plans for all Americans would be comparatively quick and simple to implement: it is an already working coverage model, with more than a dozen nationwide plan offerings, tens of dozens of state plans, and millions of enrollees creating a large, relatively healthy risk pool for a base.
 
This plan is not a new concept and historically has bipartisan appeal. Such a simple plan could go a long way to help deliver the consensus needed on this long-standing goal.”

A full copy of the letter is available here.

Congressman Issa has regularly introduced legislation to open FEHBP to all Americans since 2009. He’d additionally written to the Senate Health Care Working Group earlier in May asking the Senate to take up the idea as they crafted their replacement.

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