Congress should lose their pay on Tuesday also. Especially when those taking care of Veterans in Veterans' Homes are losing their pay.
So we lost a bunch of posts in this thread, so can't retype everything I previously said but I'll just hit the main thing I eventually came to.
There is no "exemption" from "Obamacare" for congress.
There is an exemption however, and one that was not known when people in good faith voted on the ACA containing the amendment we've been speaking of. OPM put forth an EXEMPTION from the standard policy of the government previously to NOT offer subsidies for non-employer provided health insurance. Previously, if an employee did not want to enroll in FEHBP and instead get private insurance the government did not have the authority to offer that worker a subsidy.
NOW, under this new policy by OPM, congressional personnel are EXEMPT from that rule IF the non-employer provided plan is part of the "health care exchange".
Prior to the ACA bill, this was NOT something the government could do and there was no reasonable expectation from anyone voting on the ACA that OPM would simply DEEM that such an exemption would exist. There was nothing written into the ACA regarding subsidies because the rules under which the government has functioned for quite some time did not provide the government the authority to subsidize non-employer provided health insurance.
OPM exempted congress from that standard, provided the government authority to subsidize such plans in certain circumstances.
No, despite what Harry Reid says, this is not the exact same thing as an employer funding an employees health care. While one could argue they're similar, an employer paying part of an insurance plan THEY choose for you is not exactly the same thing as an employer reimbursing you for the costs of a health insurance plan you choose.
In regards to "Well, nothing says that other businesses can't do it this way". Really? A business can refuse to provide health insurance but provide a subsidy to their employees to go onto the exchanges, and they wouldn't have to pay the fine for not providing health insurance? Is that possible?
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.
Being "exempt" from Obamacare (OC) because I'm a retiree as well as disabled and receiving care through the VA, I'm not really up to date on a lot of the mandates in OC. The government has already defaulted on it's original contract with the military that promised free healthcare for life for retirees and their dependents. Anything not protecting existing or not improving towards free care for retirees and dependents is something I am totally against.
Be sure to work hard and get lots of overtime. People on welfare want more steaks and free upgrades to smart phones with unlimited data packages.