East Tennessee congressmen plan to switch personal health insurance to Obamacare

East Tennessee congressmen plan to switch personal health insurance to Obamacare

November 6th, 2013 by The Knoxville News Sentinel in Local Regional News

Scott DesJarlais

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WASHINGTON - 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.

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