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Published: Saturday, Aug. 10 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

Does anyone know if Senator Lee is going to turn down this benefit?

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

"Members of Congress and their staffs face additional requirements that most Americans don’t have to meet.
Under the health care law, their insurance coverage will have to switch from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, the group of private insurance plans that cover 8 million federal employees and retirees, to the exchanges created by the law. Those exchanges are meant for those who buy coverage on their own, the currently uninsured and small businesses. Members of Congress and their staffs would be the only employees of a large employer in the exchanges.

Much like other Americans who have health coverage through their jobs, congressional staff receive a subsidy for their premiums, paid by their employer -- the federal government. If they had to enter the exchanges they may have to give up that employer subsidy, although low- and middle-income staff could be eligible for tax credits administered by the exchanges.
The federal government’s subsidy for its employees’ health plans amounts to as much as 75% of the monthly premium. That’s comparable to the subsidies received by employees of large U.S. companies that offer health insurance, according to the Congressional Research Service.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

"Members of Congress and their staffs face additional requirements that most Americans don’t have to meet.
Under the health care law, their insurance coverage will have to switch from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, the group of private insurance plans that cover 8 million federal employees and retirees, to the exchanges created by the law. Those exchanges are meant for those who buy coverage on their own, the currently uninsured and small businesses. Members of Congress and their staffs would be the only employees of a large employer in the exchanges.

Much like other Americans who have health coverage through their jobs, congressional staff receive a subsidy for their premiums, paid by their employer -- the federal government. If they had to enter the exchanges they may have to give up that employer subsidy, although low- and middle-income staff could be eligible for tax credits administered by the exchanges.
The federal government’s subsidy for its employees’ health plans amounts to as much as 75% of the monthly premium. That’s comparable to the subsidies received by employees of large U.S. companies that offer health insurance, according to the Congressional Research Service.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

He has a moral obligation to reject or non-fund his own healthcare.

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

Mike Lee does seem to support the constitution and one of very few who speaks up for its supremacy. I too would like to know, though, if he is doing as Ron Paul did,in refusing government perks. I would have additional respect for Mike if it is the case that he has refused "federal" cadillac health and retirement plans.

BTW it's about time we stopped referring to the federal government as employer and paymaster. It is the taxpayers that pay and employ without their permission or approval. Instead of talking of federal aid we need to talk of coercively funded taxpayer support and remember that we have no say about our money being taken and spent for many things that cannot be plausibly said to be in the "general" interest or for the general welfare.

ugottabkidn
Sandy, UT

@Gildas, every two years you have the ability to 'coercively' change the direction our nation is going by voting, which I might add that the odds are 7 to 1 that you voted for Rob Bishop, Orrin Hatch and of course your friend Mike Lee. Shutting down the government, however, is nothing more than a not so veiled attempt for a coup d'état.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

Sort of like - telling us to make mortgage payments, and then not doing so yourself?

Star Bright
Salt Lake City, Ut

The only person who will shut down the government is your pres 0bama! Mike Lee and those working with him will fund the government, just not 0bamacare. But 0bama will close it down!

Wonder
Provo, UT

@Star Bright -- You may not be aware of this, but Obamacare is the law. Obama is trying to follow the law. And for that you decide that he's the one trying to shut the government down? You tea partiers are not known for your common sense, so that's about what I'd expect. Tea partiers are like little children -- I get my way or I throw a tantrum.

the truth
Holladay, UT

I don't see any member of congress, including democrats, that are turning it down.

And the democrats are supposedly all for obamacare.

I see all democrats and all their business buddies getting exemptions from obamacare.

The left are so quick to judge others and point their fingers,
yet refuse to see their own stunning hypocrisy.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

Even Orrin Hatch is turning on Lee. There is a concerted effort to shut him down in Utah by reasonable politicians. He will have Fox news, radical bloggers and Palin to give him support.

the truth
Holladay, UT

@one vote

Reasonableness is subjective.

Hatch is a very liberal republican who was once a democrat. Hss spent more time working with liberal democrats like kennedy, than working with his supposed own party. then magically turns "conservative" at election time.

No wonder you all on the left love him.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

At least Senator Hatch does not want to subvert our political system. For supporters of Lee, Senator McCain is on the left. Everyone is left of the tea party radical right corner.

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

@the truth
Holladay, UT

If you dis-like Senator Hatch,
Why have you voted for him 7 times over the last 42 years?

I guess you own me a word of thanks --
because I've never voted for him.

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