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It is apparent that since Members of Congress, their families and staff do not have to live under the law they passed for every other American, they lack the incentive to take the action they were elected to take,” Martin said. “Ending Congress’s special exemption from ObamaCare will motivate Republicans to finally keep their promise — if not for principle, at least to improve their own insurance predicament.”
The Affordable Care Act threw members and staff out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, and basically says they can only get health benefits through one of the law's new Exchanges.
Under pressure from Congress and the president himself, the federal Office of Personnel Management (which administers benefits for federal workers, including Congress) decided the House and Senate would participate in the District of Columbia's "Small Business Health Options Program," or "SHOP" Exchange, rather than the Exchanges that exist for individuals.
The reason is that federal law would not allow members and staff to keep receiving a taxpayer contribution of up to $12,000 toward their premiums if they enrolled in individual-market Exchanges. Yet putting Congress in a small-business Exchange isn't exactly legal, either. Both federal and D.C. law expressly prohibited any employer with more than 50 employees from participating D.C.'s SHOP Exchange. The House and Senate each employ thousands upon thousands of people.
originally posted by: Joneselius
The fact that congress exempted themselves from this in the first place was the first death knell.
Are we to believe, truly, that the privileged few who own us would even think about using the same healthcare system as the rest of the masses? Those disease ridden hospitals, those 4 hour wait times? The crowded waiting rooms and cold coffee?
No, they would not use the same facilities, even if the law applies to them. They'd simply choose something else, or fly out of the country to get treated, somewhere like Luxembourg - where healthcare is stupidly good.
originally posted by: tadaman
a reply to: jhn7537
We should have the death penalty for govermental corruption that costs American lives.
Charge the families for the bullets.
Lets be real. WHAT consequences if not for something REAL?
All this fuss for a slap on the wrist. Watch.
Then they just keep doing it.
As part of the 2010 health care law, members of Congress and many staffers were shifted out of the usual Federal Employee Health Benefits structure and into the new insurance exchanges set up by the law.