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Bridget Johnson

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December 9, 2013 - 6:59 am

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) got hit with Obamacare sticker shock for coverage for a single man when he decided to join his state’s healthcare exchange.

Graham was entitled to a special exemption issued by the Office of Personnel Management under which members of Congress and congressional staff may enroll in the DC Health Link exchange. The government would have continued subsidizing about 75 percent of his healthcare premium.

Many members are foregoing the exchange and signing up for Obamacare in solidarity with constituents. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) has vowed to not take the subsidy and not enroll in Obamacare, and just pay the fine that will amount to $1,740 under a congressional salary.

“I don’t think members of Congress should get a special deal,” said Graham.  “Obamacare is being pushed on the American people and we should live under it just like everyone else.”

Lawmakers are reporting a clunky system during the signup process, as well.

Graham said his benefits were also slashed in addition to the cost hike.

“My health care coverage will be a fraction of what it used to be. Sadly, I’m not the only one who will feel the negative effects of Obamacare. It’s happening all over South Carolina,” the senator said.

“The worst is yet to come, but I will continue my fight to repeal, replace, defund and allow Americans to opt-out of this horrible government program.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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If Mr. Graham wishes to make a real statement he should refuse to pay the illegal tax.
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I haven't seen here, and would be interested to know, who among the PJ contributors and commenters, agree w Rep Gohmert and are not signing up and will pay the fine. Or will not pay the fine?
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I'm covered under my company. I would strongly consider not signing up and not paying the tax (since right now they can only attach to your tax refund I would just be sure I owed tax at the end of the year). I'm saying that now. Of course, the Brown Shirts of the Democratic party will change the law and allow the IRS to seize homes or put people in jail who don't pay the tax. Because it is a tax, not a fine, the Supreme Court said so.
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fine
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