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Growing GOP gap between actions, words on ACA

Kansas Republicans in Congress have not softened their rhetoric regarding the Affordable Care Act, which recently turned 5 years old. But their actions are starting to look different. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler/Hutchinson, recently told a Clay Center audience “I am on Obamacare” and “my wife complains about it all the time,” later saying in a statement that the law forced members of Congress to enroll. (Actually, that’s only true if lawmakers choose to use their government-provided health benefits rather than buy insurance by another route.) Meanwhile, new Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., who offered an anti-ACA budget amendment last week, plans to move his committee staff to the ACA exchange in September, reported National Journal – which also said that “Republicans, and indeed all members of Congress, have overwhelmingly moved their personal-office staffs onto the exchange.” – Rhonda Holman