The current effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act may be threatened by a small but politically poisonous provision of the proposed legislation.

While one of the centerpieces of the repeal bill is to allow states to opt out of certain Obamacare regulations, including rules that bar insurers from charging more to customers with pre-existing medical conditions, the bill also specifically ensures those protections will remain in place for members of Congress and their staffs, all of whom purchase their health insurance through the ACA marketplace.

The exemption was spotted by Vox, the liberal news analysis site, and confirmed by Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., who crafted the amendment allowing states to opt out of such rules.

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