Jackson Lee Tweets Approval of Health Insurance Subsidies for Congress and Staffers

August 8, 2013 - 1:15 PM

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Screenshot of tweet by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) praising President Obama for allowing Congress and congressional to keep their health subsidies (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) tweeted her approval Wednesday for the Obama administration’s decision that health care coverage for members of Congress will be subsidized by American taxpayers.

“It’s official: Members of Congress and congressional staff will keep their health subsidies under Obamacare!” Jackson Lee tweeted on her official Twitter account.

Jackson tweeted next: “And some staffers will not have to join the health exchanges at all.”

The tweets came after Wednesday’s decision by the Office of Personnel Management – with President Barack Obama’s approval – to preserve federal subsidies that members of Congress and staffers receive for health care coverage.

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Screenshot of a tweet from Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) announcing that some congressional staffers won't have to join health care exchanges. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

Congress passed an amendment to the Affordable Care Act in 2010 by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), which required lawmakers and staff to participate in Obamacare in the same way required of all Americans.

But Jackson Lee’s second tweet seems contrary to the OPM proposed rule.

The OPM announcement also stated that members of Congress and staffers will have to pick insurance plans from the exchanges in their states beginning in October and that they will not be eligible for tax credits available to some people enrolled in those plans.