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Members of Congress and Obamacare

Question: Are Members of Congress exempt from Obamacare?

Answer: No.

The President's new health care law, that is commonly referred to as Obamacare, actually states, “Not with standing 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 created under this Act or offered through an Exchange established under the Act." 

Therefore, the only insurance the federal government will make available to Members of Congress and their personal office staff will be through a plan created by the law or on the Exchange. 

However, there has been some controversy surrounding this provision because Congressional staff who work for Committees or Leadership (which at the time the law was written was staff for Democrat Leaders like Speaker Nancy Pelosi) are exempt, as are White House staffers.