A House Republican on Monday proposed a bill that would end federal funding for the health-care premiums of members of Congress and leave lawmakers to fend for themselves after they enter new insurance exchanges forming under Obamacare.
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) said she will introduce the legislation after Congress returns from a five-week break in September. ”As long as Obamacare remains law, members of Congress should not receive exchange subsidies that are not provided to other Americans,” she said in a statement.
Despite Capito’s remarks, some Americans will qualify for federal premium support while participating in the exchanges, depending on income and number of dependents. But those who make upwards of $170,000, like all members of Congress, would find it hard to qualify without about a half dozen children.
An aide from Capito’s office clarified Monday that the bill, known as the No Obamacare Subsidies for Congress Act, would ensure that the lawmakers who voted for the Affordable Care Act are treated the same under the law as other upper-income taxpayers.