Rep. Gohmert Rejects Obamacare Subsidy for Lawmakers: 'It's Not Right'

By Eric Scheiner | October 30, 2013 | 4:18 PM EDT

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said “it’s not right” to accept the government subsidies being made available to lawmakers through the Obamacare exchanges.

“It’s not right,” Gohmert said when asked about the subsidies Tuesday. “I appreciated getting the subsidy as every other federal employee but when America has had their insurances ripped away from them, when they have had their employer contribution ripped away, I can’t take a subsidy under those circumstances.”

As previously reported, members of Congress who are paid $174,000 a year are entitled to taxpayer-funded subsidies when they purchase health insurance in the Obamacare exchanges. Ordinary Americans who earn $174,000 per year would have to have at least nine dependent children to qualify for the same subsidy in the exchanges.

A recent rule made by the Office of Personnel Management allows members of Congress and their staff to keep the taxpayer-funded “employer contribution” they currently receive under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) when they enter the exchanges.

“I’m not going to be participating. I’m not going to be taking a subsidy,” Gohmert said. asked, “And you hope others will follow?”

“It’s the right thing to do until we get this disaster - this train wreck - this nightmare of a bill eliminated", Gohmert replied, “So people can choose and the government will not continue its effort to control everything.”

Eric Scheiner
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