The taxpayer-funded federal health-insurance subsidies dispensed to those on Congress’s payroll — which now range from $5,000 to $11,000 a year — would have had ended had not Obama used the quiet of the August recess to personally order the Office of Personnel Management, which supervises federal employment issues, to interpret the law so as to retain the generous congressional benefits.<quoted text>
Members of congress do not qualify for "subsidies". However, they are entitled to continue receiving the employee contribution to their healthcare like any other Federal employee. Even the Republican who attached the amendment to the ACA said he never intended for them to lose that benefit. What isn't fair is that, unlike everyone else, they are being FORCED to buy from the exchange. Besides, the House was never going to pass a bill based on that alone. Where do you get such bull?
A Senate source said polling data shows there is strong public support for requiring congressional members and staff to receive the same treatment under the healthcare law as all other citizens.
Reid said no way, Hosea.