Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Congress shoots self in foot, lacks medical coverage for wound

According to the New York Times, it appears that members of Congress and their staff are suddenly without medical insurance, directly as a result of the Health Care bill that was rushed through in March.
"The law apparently bars members of Congress from the federal employees health program, on the assumption that lawmakers should join many of their constituents in getting coverage through new state-based markets known as insurance exchanges."

But the research service found that this provision was written in an imprecise, confusing way, so it is not clear when it takes effect. Tradition says that the bill took effect when President Obama signed it three weeks ago, while new insurance does not have to be available until 2014.

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