The Fight to Halt Congress’s Obamacare Fraud

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    Yes. Your guys, forced congress to use Obamacare. Now it's a fraud?


    Here’s what the law’s text says: “Notwithstanding any other provision of the law, after the effective date of this subtitle, 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 (or an Amendment made by this Act).”

    In other words, Congress must use Obamacare.

    It’s strange that a rumor about a congressional exemption would get started. This is because the amendment cited above was created by a Republican and trumpeted at the time for forcing Congress to participate.

    Most Americans won’t use Obamacare marketplaces (formerly called exchanges). This is because their employers already offer them insurance, and Obamacare is intended for the uninsured. The federal government offers health insurance to its workers so Congress and its staff would not have had to use Obamacare. Some didn’t think this was right.

    On Sept. 30, 2009, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) issued a press release:

    “Senator Chuck Grassley has won approval for his legislation to require that members of Congress and congressional staff access health insurance through the exchange that would be created by the health care reform legislation under consideration by the Finance Committee.

    “‘The more that Congress experiences the laws we pass, the better the laws are likely to be,’ Grassley said.

    “Members of the committee agreed through unanimous consent on Tuesday night to support the Grassley amendment. …

    “‘My interest in having Members of Congress participate in the exchange is consistent with my long-held view that Congress should live under the same laws it passes for the rest of the country,’ Grassley said.”

    This rumor is an example of a zombie claim — no matter how many times it’s killed, it still won’t die.

    Back in January 2010, Aaron Albright, press secretary for the House Committee on Education and Labor, told FactCheck.org: “People actually believe we wrote in the bill that Congress exempts itself from these requirements. That falsehood has been going around since the very beginning.”


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