Healthcare confusion: Congress applies for Obamacare through ‘small business exchange’

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the Affordable Care Act continues to chug along, new details about health coverage for congressional staffers has some feeling a little miffed.

Thanks to a provision in the ACA, members of Congress and their staff are required to enroll in healthcare plans…through DC’s small business exchange.

Say what? With 535 members and thousands of staffers, it’s safe to say that Congress does not qualify as a “small business” — defined by the ACA as one with 50 or fewer employees.

New numbers show that over 12,000 members of Congress and their staffers have enrolled so far, meanwhile, only 280 actual small business owners and employees have enrolled. This means Congress makes up about 98 percent of the total enrollment in DC’s small business marketplace.  Keep in mind other companies the size of Congress cannot access the new online insurance marketplace…

What gives? Well, if you treat each member of Congress as a separate “business” then a lot would qualify because they have fewer than 50 staffers.

So what is Congress? — one massive business or 535 small businesses? Looks like our lawmakers have some ‘splainin to do…