No healthcare subsidies for Congress? Bill would make lawmakers pay full price for exchanges

Aug 31, 2013 by

Why should these jokers get any break at all considering they voted for this piece of garbage legislation?

A bill set to go before the House when it returns from its summer break would prevent lawmakers from receiving federal subsidies to pay for their health coverage.

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-WV, said the bill, the No Obamacare Subsidies for Congress Act, would make sure Congress members are treated the same as other upper-income taxpayers and pay the full cost if they choose to participate in healthcare exchanges.

Under current law, members of Congress that participate in healthcare exchanges will receive subsidies of up to 75 percent towards the purchase of health insurance coverage.


“Americans continue to lose under President Obama’s health care law,” Capito said in a statement. “As long as ObamaCare remains law, members of Congress should not receive exchange subsidies that are not provided to other Americans.”

Members of Congress earn $174,000 a year, a salary that’s considerably higher the limit for federal assistance under the president’s healthcare plan. The insurance exchanges are designed for those who aren’t covered under private insurance plans. In 2009, legislation was passed to force Congress onto the exchange plans and away from their federal coverage.

Capito’s bill would not prevent congressional staffers from receiving healthcare subsidies.

No healthcare subsidies for Congress? Bill would make lawmakers pay full price for exchanges | al.com.

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