(CNSNews.com) — Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said at a panel discussion with conservative members of Congress on Capitol Hill on Wednesday that he will not sign up for a health plan through the D.C. small business exchange, because he is opposed to lawmakers getting up to $11,378 per year in subsidies to pay for their coverage.
CNSNews.com asked Jordan and other panelists at the Heritage Foundation’s Conversation with Conservatives if they had signed up for a health plan through the D.C. exchange, and if they had or would sign up, would they choose a plan that covers elective abortion.
"I’m actually going to go through the exchange in Ohio,” Jordan said. "Each member can make their own decision on this, but I don’t think it’s appropriate to take the employer subsidies, so I’m just going to opt out — not opt out but I’m going to do it back in Ohio versus going through the D.C. shop and then having to write a check back to the Treasury each month.”
Jordan said he was “still looking” for a policy in Ohio that would not cover abortion.
Of the 112 plans available on the D.C. exchange, 103 cover elective abortions, according to Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), whose staff gathered the data and produced a flyer to inform members and their staff about the exchange and abortion coverage.
The Obama administration, through its Office of Personnel Management, issued a regulation allowing the U.S. Congress (consisting of 11,000 staffers and a operations budget of $4.3 billion in fiscal year 2013) to be considered a small business, thus allowing members and their staffs to shop on the exchange.