Capito Introduces No ObamaCare Subsidies for Members of Congress Act9/9/13
Washington, D.C. – Joined by 15 colleagues, Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (WV-02) introduced H.R. 3067, the No ObamaCare Subsidies for Members of Congress Act of 2013 today. The Office of Personnel Management recently announced that it will provide a roughly 75 percent subsidy to Members of Congress for the purchase of a health insurance policy on the exchange. This legislation would prevent that from happening.
ObamaCare fundamentally changes the American health care system – leaving an estimated seven million Americans without their employer sponsored health care as a result. Under ObamaCare, those who purchase an exchange plan will only qualify for subsidies on the basis of their income and will not qualify if they earn as much as a Member of Congress. While Members of Congress receive special treatment, a single individual who earns $46,000 will receive no assistance towards the purchase of a health care policy.
“Members of Congress should not receive special treatment under ObamaCare. As Americans across the country feel the pain of ObamaCare through lost jobs and employer sponsored insurance, reduced hours and higher premiums, it isn’t fair for lawmakers to be treated any differently. Under my bill, Members of Congress would be treated like any other American who purchases an individual health insurance policy from the exchange. As long as ObamaCare remains law, Members of Congress should not receive exchange subsidies that are not provided to other Americans.”