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Obamacare: Congress Exempt From Affordable Care Act

Obamacare: Congress Exempt From Affordable Care Act

For Obamacare, Congress exempted themselves from the Affordable Care Act in a deal arranged by President Obama.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the Obamacare implementation in California could be a disaster in terms of identity theft and fraud according to the California insurance commissioner. Another study claims the Affordable Care Act could cause people to leave their jobs and even Unions are criticizing Obamacare.

Recently, IRS workers unions said they wanted an Obamacare exemption. The rumor that an Obamacare exemption for Congress existed has been spread around by chain mails for years. This claim was shot down repeatedly by Snopes, PolitiFact, and others. Ironically, while Obamacare call center workers won’t get health insurance the Obamacare exemption for Congress just became reality recently.

Obamacare: Congress Exempt?

You might be wondering, “How did Obamacare’s Congress exemption come to be?” While both the business and individual mandate for Obamacare has been delayed until 2015, much of the Affordable Care Act is still steaming full ahead, with state exchange signups beginning this October. As it is now, taxpayers pay for almost 75 percent of premium payments as part of government employee benefits in Washington DC. But back when the Affordable Care Act was being written, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) inserted a clause that says all Congress members, and all government workers under the Office of Personnel Management, must be covered by healthcare plans created by Obamacare or through state exchanges.

This Obamacare stipulation would cause the premium payments of all government workers to skyrocket by thousands of dollars per year, not just members of Congress. Congress members in both parties fear this will cause a “brain drain” in Washington DC because they’d be forced to pay everyone more, which is unlikely under the Federal government’s budget crunch. The more likely scenario is that they might see an exodus of the most talented people finding better jobs in the private sector.

Even Republicans like Senator Tom Coburn desire an Obamacare Congress exemption:

“I don’t care what the answer is. Give us an answer so that if we want to do a legislative fix to take care of the people who actually work for us. I mean, they’re going to be the only set of federal employees that actually get paid by the federal government that have to go into the exchange. [OPM knows] the answer—they just won’t share it. And I want time to legislate on it before we lose half our staff.”

President Obama worked on the Obamacare exemption for Congress which says that “the government can continue to make a contribution to the health care premiums of members of Congress and their aides.” Obamacare’s Congress exemption is supposed to be approved next week even though earlier this year Congress denied any such Obamacare exemption negotiations took place. Critics claims Congress’s Obamacare exception will allow government workers to “purchase the most expensive policy available on the exchange and you and I will pick up most of the tab.”

To summarize, this Obamacare exemption does not mean Congressional workers are exempt from the Affordable Care Act completely. Instead, Congress desires that the rules be tweaked slightly for their particular situation. The situation can be compared to corporations who’ve requested Obamacare waivers.

What do you think about the Obamacare exemption for Congress excluding government workers from the Affordable Care Act?

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45 Responses to “Obamacare: Congress Exempt From Affordable Care Act”

  1. William Springer

    Wow, this article is pretty much the opposite of the truth.

    The change allows the government to contribute towards the cost of government workers getting insurance on the exchanges – in other words, it makes sure they participate in "Obamacare" while getting insurance benefits from their employer, just like everyone else.

  2. Robert Ryder

    The lead in to this article on the Google page is wrong. The individual mandate has not been postponed and why should it be. The business and individual mandates are different in all their ramifications and the individual mandate is required to make the ACA work. One has to wonder why the Republicans would want to destroy any chance for people to obtain affordable health care, when they have nothing else to offer?

  3. Cover USA

    Everyone who passed this law, and the people that work for them should have to get their health insurance through the exchanges. Period.

  4. Sara Servalis

    We have to start EXECUTING these Traitorous Oath-Breaking Scumbags NOW!

  5. Topher Adkison

    Just another case of "do as I say not as I do". The scumbags on capital hill have made carriers out of lying to the American people with the democrats leading the way. Hell, If this is the best and brightest were in trouble. What ever happened to Honesty, Integrity and good old Common Since?

  6. Topher Adkison

    Just another case of "do as I say not as I do". The scumbags on capital hill have made carriers out of lying to the American people with the democrats leading the way. Hell, If this is the best and brightest were in trouble. What ever happened to Honesty, Integrity and good old Common Since?

  7. Mike Antenucci

    If it is good enough for me………………………………..

  8. Caleb Lawson

    No, this is a case of conservatives LYING about Obamacare, claiming that Congress is being exempted when nothing of the sort is happening.

  9. Elyse Stein Zois

    Hey, no one pays us more if we have to pay more for health care. I think congress makes q

  10. Arthur Doepke

    Brian, the people voted voted for this crap they should live with it…forcing people to buy health insurance? These politicians own stock in insurance compaines, that the only reason why they're forcing people to buy health coverage, stocks went up, now they will get richer…

  11. Arthur Doepke

    Morrison, how many shares of stock you own into these insurance companies?

  12. Arthur Doepke

    Hey SPRINGER, HAVEN'T YOU heard? The sick get sicker & the rich get richer…

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