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    Johnson subpoenas records on Obamacare ‘exemption’ for Congress

    Johnson subpoenas records on Obamacare ‘exemption’ for Congress

    ‘The American people have a right to know’

    By Tom Howell Jr. -
    The Washington Times - Friday, December 22, 2017

    Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin gave the federal personnel office an early Christmas gift on Friday — a subpoena demanding to know why it “exempted” members of Congress from Obamacare by letting them retain employer subsidies for coverage.

    The 2010 health law required federal lawmakers and their staff members to use its internet-based exchanges if they want to get covered through their jobs.

    Yet Mr. Johnson, Wisconsin Republican, says the Office of Personnel Management must explain how it decided to let denizens of Capitol Hill hold onto federal-employer assistance, so long as they used the District of Columbia’s small-business exchange.

    Regular Americans on the exchanges must hope that Obamacare’s income-based subsidies are sufficient.

    Mr. Johnson, who first threatened to subpoena the records in October, said OPM has until Jan. 5 to provide the requested documents.

    “OPM’s refusal to produce these documents, after months of delay, has frustrated the Committee’s oversight efforts,” Mr. Johnson wrote to OPM’s acting director, Kathleen McGettigan, in the subpoena’s cover letter. “The American people have a right to know how and why OPM drafted a final regulation that allows members of Congress and staff to continue to receive an employer contribution, paid by the taxpayer, without authorization in law.”

    Congress’ so-called exemption from Obamacare is the result of a provision forged by Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, when Congress drafted the health care law.

    The Grassley Amendment dared congressional lawmakers to enroll themselves and their staffs into the state-based health exchanges set up by the law.

    Democrats accepted the challenge, even though lawmakers and staff received employer-sponsored health coverage — hardly the overhaul’s target audience.

    Implementing the measure proved messy. Members feared staff would leave if their health costs rose under the provision, yet carving out Capitol Hill from a law with sweeping ramifications for regular Americans, who until Friday were mandated to acquire health insurance, would not sit well with constituents.

    The Obama administration issued regulations in 2013 that let lawmakers and staff use the D.C. portal to keep the federal subsidy, which pays up to 75 percent of their health premiums.

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    Put them on Social Security too!

    Maybe then they will stop ROBBING from our retirement money...WE paid into!

    Cut off ALL foreign aid and pay back our Social Security and Medicare funds!!!

    WE ARE NOT THE ATM MACHINE FOR THE WORLD...OR THE DUMPING GROUND FOR THEIR PEOPLE!
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    Force Congress to live by their own policies and feel the same pain Americans feel with Obamacare thrown down our throats!
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