Democrats press Brian Mast on ‘congressional carve out’ for health care

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, is among GOP House members targeted by new Democratic digital ads.

An emerging Republican plan to overhaul Obamacare would take away some coverage guarantees of the Affordable Care Act but apparently preserve those protections for members of Congress.

That has the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee launching ads on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter that target freshman Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, and 29 other House Republicans in districts the Democrats see as potential pickups next year.

Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, hasn’t taken a position on the latest GOP health care plan, but Democratic ads like this one are targeting him and 29 other House Republicans.

Mast hasn’t taken a position on the newest Republican proposal, but the DCCC ads characterize his stance as “no protections for pre-existing conditions unless you’re a member of Congress.”

Mast has said any health care legislation must “ensure that patients with pre-existing conditions won’t be denied coverage.” 

On the latest legislation, Mast spokesman Brad Stewart said, “Congressman Mast hasn’t had the opportunity to read the bill yet and he will make a decision after he’s had the chance to review the bill and talk to constituents about how it will affect them.”

As for exempting members of Congress, Stewart said Mast “certainly thinks that for members of Congress, their health care should be treated the same way as everyone else.”

Mast, a wounded Army combat veteran, gets his health care through the Veterans Affairs system rather than the congressional plan, Stewart said.



Author: George Bennett

George Bennett has been a Palm Beach Post reporter since 1992. He grew up in Bethesda, Md. and is a graduate of The George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter @gbennettpost

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