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Due to the Grassley Amendment, members of Congress must go through the exchange for insurance unless they are covered by a spouse's plan. Sen. Cruz supported this Republican bill.
I see it was Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) who proposed an amendment forcing all members of Congress and all of their staffs to enter the exchanges. I'm still of the belief they can find private insurance or as you said go through their spouse.
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The democrats wrote it that way, not Sen. Cruz. To try to fault him for it is the height of hypocrisy and demagoguery.
The President and First Family have always received medical care through the military. Obama is no different. He did, however, sign up for and has renewed a tiered Bronze Plan thru the exchange to show his support of the ACA.
Well now, wasn't that just extra special sweet of him? So nice to see that he will at least fake giving a tinkers damn about us little people huh? Aren't we just blessed. Sure hope it didn't cut in to his golf time.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) wrote the Grassley Amendment requiring congress to use the exchanges. It was not the Democrats. Many believe he expected congress to vote against it but instead they passed his bill
And they, as well as POTUS SHOULD be required to, so good on the Republican majority for passing it. The Dems DID write that congress would still get the subsidized premiums, and that's what I was referring to, Cruz is simply using the law as written
Grassley had NOT intended for Congressional lawmakers/staff to lose subsidies in his bill. They were reinstated by the Office of Personnel Mgmt. NOT the democrats.
But the subsidies were already in the original law written by......Democrats. That's my point. Either way, still NO hypocrisy on Senator Cruz's part, nice try though.
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The law says he has to have healthcare insurance.
It does not say he has to use Obamacare. He can seek out private insurance through something like Blue Cross Blue Shield or even get Cobra. Ted Cruz has the means to go private if he wanted to.
Yet he chooses to use the same exchanges that the rest of us are forced to use. But as a gov't employee, he has no choice but the exchange. Either way, there is zero hypocrisy in it.
Ted Cruz voted FOR the Grassley Amendment which called for the abandonment of the Federal Employee Benefit Health Plan and forced members of Congress to get insurance through the exchanges like the rest of Americans.
Superkev, Even those in congress have the option to get health insurance through their spouse's employer's plan.
Sen. Cruz's other option would be to go outside the Federal Employee Benefit Health Plan and get private insurance, but he would lose the subsidy available to him.
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