No Washington Exemption: Equal Treatment for All


There should be no special treatment for Washington; indeed, as long as Congress and the President continue to implement the Affordable Care Act, they should abide by the law as it was written, and use the exchanges, as they have required of millions of Americans.

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The Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, explicitly required Members of Congress and their staffs to participate in the new health insurance exchanges it established for anyone above a certain income who does not have qualifying insurance covered by their employers.[1]



1. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111–146, Section 1312 (d)(3)(D). The provision does not apply to the President, the Vice President, the White House Staff, the Cabinet Secretaries, or political appointees in the Administration.
2. Michael Cannon, “Congress’s ObamaCare Waiver,” National Review Online, August 6, 2013.
3. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111–146, Section 1312 (d)(3)(D).
4. John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman, “Congress Gets ObamaCare Fix,” Politico, August 1, 2013.
5. “OPM Issues Proposed Rule Which Details How Members of Congress and Congressional Staff will be Insured through the Health Insurance Exchanges,” Office of Personnel Management, August 7, 2013.
6. Erick Erickson, “Sources: NRSC and DSCC Declare Truce on ObamaCare Exemption for Staffers,”, August 6, 2013.

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