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Bipartisan trio wants to let all Americans join congressional health plan

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A bipartisan trio of lawmakers has introduced a bill that would allow all Americans to enroll in the health care program provided to federal employees.

“The Equal Healthcare Access Act offers Americans access to the same health insurance plans long enjoyed by members of Congress and their families,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said while unveiling the bill.

The legislation comes in the wake of a debate over whether Congress should eliminate its own subsidy altogether, which Obamacare technically requires but the Office of Personnel Management decided to circumvent.

“The American people should have as easy a consumer experience as federal employees do," Issa said.

The California Republican also took an implicit shot at the dysfunctional Obamacare website by suggesting that "people can visit the OPM's website to see how easy it would be for Americans to compare health insurance prices under this system.”

Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., an oversight committee member whose father co-founded the Congressional Black Caucus, co-sponsored the bill, along with Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C.

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