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Introduced in House (01/20/2011)


112th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 360

To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide for participation in the Exchange of the President, Vice President, Members of Congress, political appointees, and congressional staff.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
January 20, 2011

Mr. Burgess (for himself, Mr. Paul, Mr. Roe of Tennessee, Mr. Neugebauer, Mr. Broun of Georgia, Mr. McCaul, Mr. Jones, Mr. LaTourette, Mr. Heller, Mrs. Blackburn, Mr. Platts, Mr. Mica, Mr. Bonner, Mr. Marchant, Mr. Rogers of Michigan, Mr. Young of Alaska, Mr. Wittman, Mr. Murphy of Pennsylvania, Mrs. Myrick, Mr. Walden, Mr. Crawford, Mr. Calvert, Mr. Olson, Mrs. McMorris Rodgers, Mr. Kline, Mr. Posey, and Mr. Nunnelee) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committees on House Administration and Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To amend the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to provide for participation in the Exchange of the President, Vice President, Members of Congress, political appointees, and congressional staff.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Participation of President, Vice President, Members of Congress, political appointees, and Congressional staff in the exchange.

(a) In general.—Section 1312(d)(3)(D) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18032(d)(3)(D)) is amended to read as follows:

“(D) PRESIDENT, VICE PRESIDENT, POLITICAL APPOINTEES, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, AND CONGRESSIONAL STAFF IN THE EXCHANGE.—

“(i) IN GENERAL.—Notwithstanding chapter 89 of title 5, United States Code, or any provision of this title—

“(I) the President, the Vice President, each political appointee, each Member of Congress, and each Congressional employee shall be treated as a qualified individual entitled to the right under this paragraph to enroll in a qualified health plan in the individual market offered through an Exchange in the State in which the individual resides; and

“(II) any employer contribution under such chapter on behalf of the President, the Vice President, any political appointee, any Member of Congress, and any Congressional employee may be paid only to the issuer of a qualified health plan in which the individual enrolled through such Exchange and not to the issuer of a plan offered through the Federal employees health benefit program under such chapter.

“(ii) PAYMENTS BY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.—The Secretary, in consultation with the Director of the Office of Personnel Management, shall establish procedures under which—

“(I) the employer contributions under such chapter on behalf of the President, the Vice President, each political appointee, each Member of Congress, and each Congressional employee are determined and actuarially adjusted for individual or family coverage, rating areas, and age (in accordance with clauses (i) through (iii) of section 2701(a)(1)(A) of the Public Health Service Act); and

“(II) the employer contributions may be made directly to an Exchange for payment to an issuer.

“(iii) POLITICAL APPOINTEE.—In this subparagraph, the term ‘political appointee’ means any individual who—

“(I) is employed in a position described under sections 5312 through 5316 of title 5, United States Code, (relating to the Executive Schedule);

“(II) is a limited term appointee, limited emergency appointee, or noncareer appointee in the Senior Executive Service, as defined under paragraphs (5), (6), and (7), respectively, of section 3132(a) of title 5, United States Code; or

“(III) is employed in a position in the executive branch of the Government of a confidential or policy-determining character under schedule C of subpart C of part 213 of title 5 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

“(iv) CONGRESSIONAL EMPLOYEE.—In this subparagraph, the term ‘Congressional employee’ means an employee whose pay is disbursed by the Secretary of the Senate or the Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives.”.

(b) Effective date.—The amendment made by this section shall take effect as if included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.