ObamaCare’s little secret (or: why Republicans hate Pelosi so much)

Well well. Seems that there’s a surprise in ObamaCare for our wonderful elected representatives, one that explains why Boehner, Cantor and Rubio and McConnell et al are frothing at the bit about it: It applies to them!

Yes! Our Fearless Leaders in D.C. are required by the Affordable Care Act, the one recently upheld against all odds by our non-partisan (sic) Supreme Court, required to get their insurance from the same pool that the rest of us do.

Here’s the relevant section. You’ll find Section 1312, aka "Consumer Choice" on page 81 of the law’s text .(that’s the text’s page number, not the PDF’s.)

(D) MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IN THE EXCHANGE.—

(i) REQUIREMENT.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, after the effective date of this subtitle, the only health plans that the Federal Government may make available to Members of Congress and congressional staff with respect to their service as a Member of Congress or congressional staff shall be health plans that are—

(I) created under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act); or

(II) offered through an Exchange established under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act).

(ii) DEFINITIONS.—In this section:

(I) MEMBER OF CONGRESS.—The term ‘‘Member of Congress’’ means any member of the House of Representatives or the Senate.

(II) CONGRESSIONAL STAFF.—The term ‘‘congressional staff’’ means all full-time and part-time employees employed by the official office of a Member of Congress, whether in Washington, DC or outside of Washington, DC.

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