Jul 24, 2017
Freedom Partners Joins Coalition Urging President Trump to End Congress’ Illegal Obamacare Exemption
Post by Geoff Holtzman
On Friday, Freedom Partners joined a new coalition encouraging President Trump to end Congress’ illegal exemption from Obamacare.
The letter calls on President Trump “to direct the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to rescind the Obama-era rule (78 Fed. Reg. 60653-01) that allows Congress to masquerade as a small business in order to force taxpayers to pay for their health insurance.”
Though Obamacare originally included a provision requiring members of Congress and their staff to buy health insurance through an Obamacare individual market exchange, the provision never took effect. That’s because, after being pressured by lawmakers, President Obama directed OPM to issue a rule classifying Congress as a small business, despite the fact that Congress has thousands of employees.
This allowed Congressional members and staff to sidestep Obamacare’s individual market exchange plans, where, like millions of other Americans, they would have had to deal with the enormous costs that have become a staple of such plans.