When Members of Congress and their staffs realized they would lose many of the generous health benefits they enjoyed under the federal employee benefit program — and would face increased costs and reduced quality as a result — the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) intervened and declared Congress "a small business.” This move allowed them to enroll in DC's small business exchange and get a special subsidy to help cover most of their costs when purchasing an Obamacare plan.
This is laughable. The definition of "small business" is having fewer than 50 employees, which clearly does not apply to Congress, where 435 representatives, 100 senators and thousands of staffers work.
Thankfully, as The Washington Times reports, Senator David Vitter (R-LA) is taking a stand against this special exemption by placing a hold on the nomination of Beth Cobert to head the OPM. Sen. Vitter says he won’t let up until OPM hands over the documents showing why Congress was classified as a small business in the first place.
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