Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday said President Obama should reverse his administrationâ€™s decision to let the government keep contributing to health care premiums of members of Congress and their staffers, even as they purchase coverage through the exchanges.
In a strongly worded letter, the outspoken Republican condemned a proposed rule from the Office of Personnel Management that says Capitol Hill staffers must use the â€œObamacareâ€ markets in the states where they reside, but keep the premium subsidies theyâ€™ve always enjoyed under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.
â€œIt is simply unconscionable that your administration is allowing members of Congress to escape the harshest economic consequences of Obamacare, while ignoring the plight of middle-class Americans,â€ Mr. Perry wrote.
The administrative fix was issued because Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, put the provision into the original legislation saying members of Congress and their aides have to be covered by plans â€œcreatedâ€ by the Affordable Care Act or â€œoffered through an exchange.â€
Even if it was intended to be a political ploy â€” the lawâ€™s health exchanges are supposed to be for people who donâ€™t already have insurance or adequate coverage â€” the provision made it into the law.
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