Obamacare in Congress: A Different Drug for the Same Disease
On Monday night, Congressional employees were supposed to hit the deadline for signing up for health care on the exchanges. However, since technical problems persist, causing hiccups in the website, administrators extended the deadline by one week, granting extra time to sign up.
“Our employees face a deadline of midnight tonight, and if through no fault of their own they’re unable to sign up, then they’re being allowed to follow through on their signing up,” Dan Weiser, spokesperson for the chief administrative officer of the House told CNN. Weiser does not believe it would have been fair to penalize employees, and that this did not amount to preferential treatment.
It isn’t only the staffers who have been given an Obamacare headache, but the lawmakers as well. Representative Joe Garcia (D-Fla.) told Politico the process “has been less than perfect.” He added that, “It takes a long time, dropped off, get asked to call back.” Of the extension, Weiser added that this was not “anything special” but “just the right thing to do.” Whether the extension is justified or not, Congress is receiving other perks when it comes to signing up for health care.