Is Congress exempt from getting their health insurance on the Affordable Care Act marketplace? The claim continues to play on the Obamacare airwaves, but the non-profit consumer advocacy group FactCheck.org says it isn't true.
Thanks to Republicans, an amendment was added to the Senate bill "requiring that the federal government offer only health plans that were part of an exchange to members of Congress and their staffs. The law’s final language on this, written by Sen. Tom Coburn, says that: 'the only health plans that the Federal Government may make available to Members of Congress and congressional staff with respect to their service as a Member of Congress or congressional staff shall be health plans that are — (I) created under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act); or (II) offered through an Exchange established under this Act.'"
The law defines Congressional staff as “all full-time and part-time employees employed by the official office of a Member of Congress, whether in Washington, DC or outside of Washington, DC.”
"In other words, the Affordable Care Act places on lawmakers and their staffs additional requirements that don’t pertain to other Americans with work-based insurance." (Read more.)
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