“Ouch! In other words, the comfortable choices that were available for more than fifty years were suddenly transferred to the slightly murky passageways of Obamacare. And it follows that, if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, members of Congress would be able to return to the federal plan that they, like millions of federal employees, were so fond of. Twenty million other Americans won’t..." (The New Yorker, Jan. 2017).
“But members and their staff members generally make too much money to qualify for subsidies in the exchanges, which were intended for people who previously did not get insurance from employers. So the Obama administration made an exception that allowed them to use the D.C. small-business exchange to receive health-care stipends from their employer (the federal government).
“Yes, you read that correctly. The law allows individual congressional offices to be counted as small businesses of 50 or fewer employees. On the exchanges, members and staff members get an employer (i.e., taxpayer) contribution of 72 percent for their premiums.