Congress flouts Obamacare

August 23, 2013 

Obamacare was passed by Congress, signed by the president and upheld in the Supreme Court. In the law it states that Congress shall be subject to all of the same provisions as the rest of us. The provisions of the law would preclude them from receiving a subsidy due to the amount of their income. However, through an act of fiat, they now will be given a 75 percent subsidy. Do you believe it is fair or constitutional that they have a special dispensation that negates the intent of the law?

LOLA BALL

Merced

Editor's Note: Members of Congress and their staffs have been covered under the Federal Employees Health Benefits program with the government, as the employer, paying most of the health insurance premium. Under the Affordable Care Act, members of Congress and their staffs will have to get insurance through one of the plans offered in the insurance exchanges. The federal Office of Personnel Management announced the government will apply the employer contribution amounts up to 75 percent. Basically, it's the same benefit being transferred to the new insurance plan.

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