September 28, 2012
The Tom Roten Morning Show...Mornings from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., on News Radio 800 WVHU/1600 WZZW.
This is a very good question. Will members of Congress have to give up their current Cadillac-style health care plans and accept ObamaCare like the rest of us?
According to a blog from the Heritage Foundation, members have been discussing this behind closed doors for months!
A provision in Obamacare stipulates that on January 1, 2014, Members of Congress and their staff will lose their current employer-sponsored health insurance provided through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP). There is a deepening concern among Members of Congress that they will be forced to pay more for their health care than they do today—precisely the concern that animates millions of their constituents. Many in Congress are hoping that the Obama Administration will at least find a way for them to continue using their large, tax-free FEHBP employer subsidies to defray the cost of their new coverage. However, the Administration lacks statutory authority to pay those subsidies to plans outside FEHBP. Of course, Congress could keep its current health coverage by repealing Section 1312(d)(3)(D) of Obamacare. Yet, the political price for doing so is that Members of Congress must repeal the rest of Obamacare as well—so that their constituents are allowed to keep their health plans, too.
US Sen. Rand Paul was on my show today and said he'd be for defunding ObamaCare by not authorizing the Continuing Resolution, which is up for a vote at the end of next month.
If members of Congress don't want to experience ObamaCare (and who could blame them), then their best opportunity (and ours) to stop it is with the CR!
Makes me want to push for the 28th Amendment!