Federal employees can buy insurance on exchange

Published: October 26, 2013

In response to Jerry Bowerman (Your Views, Oct. 21): Members of Congress and their staff are subject to the provisions of the Affordable Care Act. When the law was passed, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, attached language to the bill that mandated all members of Congress and their staffers have to buy health insurance on the newly created health insurance exchanges.

What nobody accounted for was that members of Congress and their staffers have health insurance from their employer — the federal government. No other employer has been legally required to drop its employee health care plan and have them buy coverage on the exchanges. What the administration did is rule that the congressional workers would continue to get the employer contribution to help them buy their insurance on the exchange.

Patrick McKone, Tuttle

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