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Speaker Boehner on Exemptions: Fact or Fiction? September 30, 2013

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Today Speaker Boehner mentioned an Obamacare exemption for Congress. For the umpteenth time, Congress members are NOT exempt from the ACA coverage aka  Obamacare. There are many sources that dispel this notion, including in the ACA itself. But, under the ACA rules, people who have coverage through their employer weren’t necessarily going to shop for plans on the exchanges. Here’s one.

Official portrait of United States House Speak...

Official portrait of United States House Speaker (R-Ohio). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Over the weekend, an entry one of my Congress member’s Facebook page read:I’ll sign up for Obamacare when you do!”

The Congress member replied: “I’ll be joining the same exchange as my constituents on January 1. My staff will get their insurance from the exchanges as well.”

And in this factcheck.org post, they remind us that since 2010, they’ve been debunking the exemption myth. Since it isn’t true and probably the Speaker knows that; I’m guessing that this is dog-whistle code (only certain members of the base can hear it) for raising money.

English: A yellow dog whistle

English: A yellow dog whistle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, it got more confusing and is evolving as I post. Let’s see if I can get this right:

Since some employers including the federal government, offer 75% or more towards the cost of each employee’s health care, Republicans construed that as a subsidy in the ACA. So they wanted that subsidy taken away (unlike for other major employers). In August then there was a proposal to remove the employer subsidy.  Some people describe this as ‘throwing the staffers under the bus”. This has been called an exemption-I find that confusing.

Grabbing Congressional staffers money

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