Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Many Congressional Republicans Opposing Obamacare Have Conflict of Interest

Many representatives and senators are benefiting from an illegal payment of public monies the administration is using to prop up Obamacare. When the Affordable Care Act was being debated, one sticking point was that politicians were proposing to impose an unpopular health insurance “reform” on vulnerable citizens while leaving their own generous health benefits untouched. Members of Congress and their staff have long been covered by the same health plan that unionized federal public servants enjoy.

So, politicians of both parties collaborated with the administration to “fix” this, and the Office of Personnel Management (which is the federal government’s HR department) unilaterally decided in August 2013 to change the law and pay these subsidies to politicians’ and staffers’ exchange plans. The politicians and staff are then able to get health insurance through a Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) exchange. Did you catch that? Congress is defined as a “small business” by its own administrative bureaucracy!

Read the entire op-ed at The Hill.

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