Congress Healthcare Benefit kicks in today
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|Tue, 02-01-2011 - 4:16pm|
Government-subsidized health insurance – one of many perks of serving in Congress – kicked in on Tuesday for new members.
But a group of more than a dozen freshman Republicans who campaigned vigorously on overturning President Obama’s new health care law will be opting out.
Whether in direct protest of the health care overhaul, which House Republicans voted unanimously to repeal two weeks ago, or in an attempt to retain their Washington-outsider patina, about 15 members declined coverage through the Federal Employees’ Health Benefits Plan, which covers eight million federal employees and their dependents.
The federal health care program, established in 1960, gives federal workers a variety of plans to choose from and in this respect, its structure is somewhat similar to that of the health insurance exchanges set to begin in 2014 under the new law.