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    Congress exempted itself from Obamacare


    Congress has to buy health insurance on the exchanges created by Obamacare

    Members of Congress have to buy their insurance on the health care exchanges created by the Affordable Care Act. However, they are allowed to continue receiving an employer contribution to their insurance, which most individuals on the exchanges do not have, as they don’t receive insurance through work. explained this rule in September 2013:

    Congress is not exempt from Obamacare. Like everyone else, lawmakers are required to have health insurance. They’re also required to buy insurance through the marketplaces. The idea is to have lawmakers and their staff buy insurance the same way their uninsured constituents would so they understand what their constituents have to deal with. Most Americans who already get insurance through work are left alone under the law; members of Congress have insurance through work but are treated differently in this regard. Recently, a rule was added so that lawmakers’ could keep the traditional employer contribution to their coverage. But they weren’t exempt from requirements that other Americans face.