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    Are members of Congress subject to Obamacare or are they not?  Because all of my Teabagger acquaintances keep telling me they are not.  So which is it, Michelle?

    “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” - John Steinbeck

    by RichM on Fri Nov 15, 2013 at 09:40:05 AM PST

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      Sen. Grassley introduced the amendment that members of Congress, and their staff, would lose their federal employee health insurance, and get their coverage through the ACA marketplace.

      He assumed Democrats would vote against it, but he assumed wrong.

      As I understand it, the current dispute is something different. Federal employees have the same kind of deal as the employees of about 95% of large employers: the employer covers part of the cost (around 72%) and the employee covers the rest.

      Congress is the only large employer whose employees are channeled into the marketplaces. The law didn't really cover the logistics of having the employer's contribution applied to the cost, at least not as early as 2014.

      Republicans, naturally, want to block members of Congress and their staff from continuing to get the employer's contribution. Not a big problem for well-heeled members of Congress--but a huge problem for their staff, who aren't well-heeled, live in an expensive town, and work untold hours of unpaid overtime.

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