Millions of Americans are wondering whether they'll lose their health insurance subsidies, anxiously awaiting a Supreme Court ruling on the King v. Burwell case. But there's a smaller group that doesn't need to worry—members of Congress and their staff.
Lawmakers and many of their aides get their health insurance on the District of Columbia's small business exchange, and King isn't questioning the part of the law governing that exchange. More importantly, despite some Hill critics of the congressional insurance setup, there doesn't appear to be an appetite among most Republicans to throw this topic into proposed bills to address the King ruling after it happens.
Under GOP Sen. Ron Johnson's bill, Americans could keep their health care plan and subsidy well into 2017, further setting the stage for a feud over health-care policy in the 2016 election. And his bill—which also eliminates the individual and employer mandates—has a powerful cosponsor: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
But the bill doesn't address health care for members of Congress nor for their staff, even though Johnson has been outspoken on that subject.
"I'm trying to keep it as simple as possible," Johnson, whose bill has 31 GOP cosponsors, told National Journal, "and in many respects, as uncontroversial as possible—trying to address what would be a real chaotic situation, some real turmoil, really concern real people that are on the exchanges, are getting the subsidies and getting the American people involved in the 2016 election."