As supporters of Obamacare, will Shaheen, Shea-Porter, and Kuster allow themselves and their staff members to be exempt from it?
The Obama Administration has recently approved a deal that would exempt congressmen, senators, and their staff from the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Under Obamacare, lawmakers and their aides were required to acquire health insurance "created" by the law or offered through one of its exchanges. Without the subsidies they currently enjoy, members of congress, senators, and their staff would have faced thousands of dollars in additional premium payments each year.
Politico has reported that the Office of Personnel Management now plans to rule that the government can continue to make contributions to the health-care premiums of the lawmakers and their staffs.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter both voted for Obamacare and still stand in support of the law. While Congresswoman Annie Kuster was not in Congress at the time of its passage, she is a strong supporter of Obamacare and has voted multiple times against repealing or delaying all or parts of the failed law. Derek Dufresne, spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:
"Senator Shaheen, Rep. Shea-Porter, and Rep. Kuster have all been vocal supporters of Obamacare. Granite Staters deserve to know whether each will support an exemption that would allow them and their staff members to avoid participating in it, while forcing the rest of us to live with the ramifications of the failed law.
"With the Obama Administration delaying the 'Employer Mandate' last month and working to carve out exemptions for the political elite this month, it is becoming painfully obvious that even liberals in Washington are recognizing the disaster Obamacare will be. If Obamacare isn't good for those who voted for it, why do Shaheen, Shea-Porter and Kuster still want to force it on New Hampshire residents?"