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While there is no 28th Amendment (at least not yet), Congress seems required to take ObamaCare, so why aren't they signing up?

From snopes.com:


"Are members of Congress exempt from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act health care legislation?

No. One of the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (commonly known as "Obamacare") passed by Congress is a requirement that lawmakers give up the insurance coverage previously provided to them through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and instead purchase health insurance through the online exchanges that the law created:
(D) MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IN THE EXCHANGE.

(i) REQUIREMENT — Notwithstanding any other provision of 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).
An August 2013 ruling by the federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM) was widely and inaccurately reported as exempting members of Congress from the requirement that they give up their Federal Employees Health Benefits Program coverage and instead purchase health insurance through online exchanges. That reporting was incorrect: Lawmakers are still required to purchase health insurance through government-created exchanges; what the OPM's ruling actually declared was that members of Congress and their staffs did not have to give up the federal subsidies covering part of the costs of their insurance premiums which they had previously been receiving (and which are afforded to millions of other federal workers)."

Read more at http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/28thamendment.asp#S3UCDi7oJI...

This is what angers me. Both Pelosi and Reid have proclaimed "it's the law!" We know that. So, either implement fully, as intended, or not at all. It is law, so it needs to be applied equally to all, not exemptions for some big corporations, unions and special interest groups!

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Comment by Gregg Veach on October 6, 2013 at 5:54am

Thanks for the comments. Isn't that what I said in the post? I mean, if Congress is not exempt according to "the law" as Reid puts it, but Obama grants it, then that's the problem. I said, either apply ObamaCare according to "the law" of ObamaCare by making Congress and staffers sign up and pay with their OWN MONEY, make Unions, and Corporate America sign up, or EXEMPT EVERYONE, and don't implement it! If it's "the law" then apply it as such, equally, to everyone. Congress voted for it, not us, make Congress face the consequences of it, too! Exempt one group, exempt ALL, or exempt NONE! Simple

Reid, Pelosi, and Obama have all said, "it's the law, get over it!" Well, if indeed, it is in "Affordable" Healthcare Act that Congress must sign up, then apply the law, since The Three Stooges have said, "it can't be changed."

Comment by David Wallace on October 3, 2013 at 9:00am
But, average Americans who go to exchanges lose there employer subsidies. Which is what is happening all over the Country. So the truth is that the OPM rule destroys the equality of the relationship between average Americans and staff members, it creates an elite class that has their cake and they can eat it too. If the Rules apply to average Americans they must apply to Government employees, as well. Also rates are going up, and taxes on the individual mandate are on an escalator each year. The penalties are devastating. And the burden is being shifted to Young Adults. It will devastate them as they are trying to climb up the economic ladder. All wages, all company benefits are borne by the economic activity of any business with incorporated profits, so really this dynamic if squelched or hindered doesn't work in a positive direction nor for the benefit of the employee, as profits get eaten up by an inefficient system.
Comment by Don on October 3, 2013 at 8:56am

I bought in to the OPM Ruling and I must admit that I was wrong.  I was suspicious of Sen. Mikulski who said that they were not exempt.  FEHBP, the Health Package for the Federal Government is a exchange of Insurance Companies that works similar to Obama Care.  Congress is disturbed by the question of whether they should receive the "Stipend" that FEHBP Employees do,  (the government shares the cost of the Insurance), or whether they must pay the total fee "Out of Pocket".   That folks is their delay and problem.  They fear they will lose their Congressional Employees as they jump ship for better offers elsewhere.

It is important for people to know that the FEHBP has remained the same since it was conceived.  It changes every season with offerings worked out between the Companies involved and the OPM, as probably Obamacare will.  For many years it has been the business acumen for Business's, the U.S., Government is no exception,  to assist employees by sharing the cost of the Insurance burden.   In some cases Labor Unions pick this cost up as they will make deals directly with Insurance Companies.  For employees to have to adjust their incomes to pick up the percentage they had previously not been paying is quite a burden.  Such is the case in Congress.

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