Congresswoman Testifies On Her Personal Problems With Obamacare Exchanges

Did you know that members of Congress are required to get their health insurance from the Obamacare exchanges under a part of the law authored by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)? Previously, their health benefits were exactly the same as a standard full time federal employee. And apparently, some of the problems and complaint that have been address by regular people force to use the exchanges are shared with the people they elect to office. Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming) talked about her experience during testimony Tuesday on the Affordable Care Act, saying that her husband, former Democratic member of the Wyoming state House Alvin Wiederspahn, might still be alive today with the difficulties suffered in enrolling in Obamacare health insurance. In fact, she said that even though her husband was enrolled for insurance in the D.C. health insurance exchange, “when we filed claims, we were told we were not enrolled in Obamacare.” The couple filed claims once more, Lummis said, and once again they were told they were not enrolled. Economist and Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Jonathan Gruber got a chance to apologized for the “insulting” and “glib” remarks he gave about the “stupidity of the American voter” being the reason the Affordable Care Act was passed. And Lummis did not miss the chance to address Gruber’s apologies head-on.

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