Letter: Congress exempt from Obamacare?

The Capitol Dome in Washington, DC.

The Capitol Dome in Washington, DC. Photo Credit: Getty Images, 2008

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Under Obamacare, members of Congress and their staffs are supposed to be subject to the rules of the new health care plan just the same as every citizen. Many members of Congress and their staffs have complained, however, that they will be unable to afford the cost and might have to resign and leave Washington.

Last week, it was reported that the Office of Personnel Management might provide a direct subsidy of 75 percent of the cost of Obamacare to these same members of Congress and their staffs as needed.

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In other words, they would not have to apply to the new health exchanges for a subsidy as the average citizen must do. This subsidy, separate and outside the rules of Obamacare, would cost an estimated $5,000 to $11,000 per person, much more than the average citizen can expect under current rules.

It seems the congressional “ruling class” plays by different rules from the rest of us. And I thought we lived in a democracy. 

Benjamin Beekman, Woodbury


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