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Sen. Ron Johnson Subpoenas Docs Over Obamacare 'Congressional Exemption'

Sen. Ron Johnson Subpoenas Docs Over Obamacare 'Congressional Exemption'
Sen. Ron Johnson (Susan Walsh/AP)

By    |   Friday, 22 December 2017 04:15 PM

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is issuing subpoenas for Office of Personnel Management documents about the Obamacare "congressional exemption," a rule that lets members of Congress and their staff get employer contributions to pay for Obamacare health plans.

Johnson is chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

"To date, OPM's compliance with the Committee's inquiry has been deficient," Johnson said in the subpoena cover letter, according to The Hill.

Johnson had requested the information in August. His subpoena compels OPM to produce documents including draft regulations, internal deliberations, draft policy proposals, interagency communication, and more, The Hill reported.

A provision in Obamacare requires members and designated staff to buy health insurance on Obamacare's federal and state exchanges. OPM determined that provision meant that members must use a small business exchange — but opponents of the rule say that Congress is not a small business, so its members should not be receiving contributions to help pay for their coverage.

Some argue that Congress should provide its employees with health coverage, since Congress, which has more than 50 staff members, falls under Obamacare's large-employer requirement, The Hill reported.

Nearly 9 million people signed up for Obamacare for next year, as government numbers showed that predictions of its collapse were incorrect.

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Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is issuing subpoenas for Office of Personnel Management documents about the Obamacare "congressional exemption," a rule that lets members of Congress and their staff get employer contributions to pay for Obamacare health plans.
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