Former congresswoman pleads with Republicans not to take away her health care
Jack Jenkins

More lies and distortion from Democrats, more fake news from ThinkProgress.

Here are the facts:

Prior to the ACA, members of Congress received the same healthcare insurance benefits as any other federal employee through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. But there’s a clause in the ACA that requires members of Congress and designated congressional staff members to obtain their health insurance through ACA exchanges rather than continue to receive their healthcare coverage through the FEHBP.

The bottom line is this: Members of Congress and their staff members are required by law to purchase their health insurance through the exchanges offered by the Affordable Care Act. However, the federal government subsidizes approximately 72 percent of the premium cost.

Finally, upon separation from political life, Members of Congress may purchase FEHBP insurance if they are otherwise eligible for retirement and if they have had five years of continuous healthcare coverage under their DC SHOP plans.

If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, members of Congress have a fallback plan. They would be able to return to the FEHBP.

So the GOP isn’t taking away her healthcare.


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