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Federal workers should enroll in Obamacare, Rand Paul says

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
September 23rd, 2013
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Since the rest of the United States will be beholden to Obamacare - Rand Paul says that all federal employees should, too. Paul says he does not want taxpayers subsidizing the personal health-care plans of any federal employee, including Obamacare proponent Chief Justice John Roberts.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - With some in Congress arguing lawmakers and their staff should not get subsidies to cover their health insurance as health-care reform goes into effect, the Republican senator from Kentucky told reporters that he's going to start pushing a constitutional amendment that goes even further.

The proposal will outlaw any special exemptions for government employees. This means all federal workers would have to purchase health insurance on the new Obamacare exchanges instead of getting taxpayer-funded subsidies. Critics have long maintained that those subsidies amount to special treatment. The Obamacare health insurance exchange opens October 1.

"My amendment says basically that everybody including Justice Roberts - who seems to be such a fan of Obamacare - gets it too," Paul said in a telephone interview.

"See, right now, Justice Roberts is still continuing to have federal employee health insurance subsidized by the taxpayer," Paul said. "And if he likes Obamacare so much, I'm going to give him an amendment that gives Obamacare to Justice Roberts."

Roberts had voted to uphold the constitutionality of Obama's health-care reform law when it went before the Supreme Court last year.

The senator also plans to support a proposal requiring that Congress and all federal employees rely on Obamacare for their insurance. Paul's proposal comes after outrage from conservatives about a so-called "exemption" for members of Congress and their staff from Obamacare.

It's being called as the "Obamacare fix" for lawmakers and staff. The Affordable Care Act includes an amendment from a Republican senator that changes how the government currently covers most of the cost of health-care premiums for members of Congress and their staffers. The new law mandates that members and staff must enter into exchanges or be covered by insurance "created" by law.

Paul revealed his new amendment push this past weekend after reporters inquired about a proposal from Louisiana Senator David Vitter, who has proposed killing those federal Obamacare subsidies for lawmakers and their staff. "I support any effort to make all laws applicable to Congress that we pass," Paul said.

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