The exchange started when Himes lamented that House Republicans held another vote to thwart ObamaCare — this time, on a bill to prevent the Internal Revenue Service from playing a role in the law's operations.
Twitter users quickly attacked him over news that the federal government will be permitted to make an employer contribution to Capitol Hill's healthcare premiums on the new insurance exchanges.
Another vote on the Floor to repeal the health care reform. I think this is the 40th or 41st try. Now can we please pass a jobs bill?— Jim Himes (@jahimes) August 2, 2013
@jahimes u dont need repeal--u have an exemption...how nice for u— Liberty Tree (@libertytreeman) August 2, 2013
@jahimes as u know, that's not the point.....WEASEL WORDS AS USUAL— Liberty Tree (@libertytreeman) August 2, 2013
@jahimes but the Government will pay for a portion of your health care premium, So your not truly entering the exchanges like everyone else— Dan Feeney (@DTFeen14) August 2, 2013
.@DTFeen14 Wrong. Many people will get subsidies to buy insurance on exchanges. And the gov already pays a portion of our plans. No change.— Jim Himes (@jahimes) August 2, 2013
Under ObamaCare, members of Congress and their staffs are required to obtain healthcare coverage on the law's new marketplaces.
A glitch in the law would have stopped the federal government from contributing to those employees' healthcare costs as it does now, leading many to fear a "brain drain" from Capitol Hill.
The problem will be fixed next week in guidance from the Office of Personnel Management, according to a White House official.