East Tennessee congressmen, staffs switching to health plans on exchanges
By Michael Collins, Knoxville News Sentinel
U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais and his staff will will go off of the federal insurance program next year. AP photo
WASHINGTON (News Sentinel) -
The fight that U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais and other congressional Republicans have been waging to roll back President Barack Obama's health-care reforms is about to get personal.
Come January, the South Pittsburg congressman and his 12-member staff will give up their federal health insurance and buy their health plans through one of the online insurance marketplaces established by the Affordable Care Act.
DesJarlais, a physician who has made repealing Obamacare one of his top priorities, thinks no one should have to buy their insurance through the online marketplaces. Yet, "the congressman strongly believes that members of Congress and staff should not receive special exemptions," said his spokesman, Robert Jameson.
In fact, all members of the East Tennessee congressional delegation and their staffs will go off of the federal insurance program next year and purchase their health plans through the online marketplaces, or exchanges.