MILLINOCKET, Maine, August 4, 2013 — During the contentious debate around the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. “Obamacare,” Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, inserted a provision that requires members of Congress and their aides to be covered by the law.
Currently the government pays up to 75 per cent of the premiums for congressional members and other federal employees.
Under Obamacare, Congress’ insurance coverage will have to switch from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, private insurance that covers federal employees and retirees, to the exchanges created by the law, starting in January 1, 2014.
Members of Congress have lobbied the White House and the Office of Personnel Management hoping someone will find a way to have the government continue to pay a large percentage of their premiums. Otherwise Congressmen and their aides will have to pay for their premiums out-of-pocket, just like the rest of us. We can’t have that now, can we?
It appears that the wringing of hands has paid off. The White House and the Office of Personnel Management last Thursday signaled that a solution had been found. Details will be revealed this coming week.
It looks like the smiling will continue on Capitol Hill.
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