POLITICS: Sen. Lindsey Graham says he'll sign up for Obamacare, but not the subsidy

Posted by JAMIE SELF on December 9, 2013 

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C

CLIFF OWEN — ASSOCIATED PRESS

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham will enroll in the Affordable Care Act's health care exchange, foregoing a taxpayer subsidy available to members of Congress.

“I don’t think members of Congress should get a special deal,” said Graham in a news release Monday. “Obamacare is being pushed on the American people and we should live under it just like everyone else.”

Graham said that he could have enrolled in the D.C. Health Link exchange where the federal government would have continued to subsidize about 75 percent of his health-care premium.

“As a 58-year old male living in Oconee County, my insurance costs are going up about $400 a month, more than 200 percent, under Obamacare,” Graham said. “In addition, my health care coverage will be a fraction of what it used to be. Sadly, I’m not the only one who will feel the negative effects of Obamacare. It’s happening all over South Carolina. The worst is yet to come, but I will continue my fight to repeal, replace, defund and allow Americans to opt-out of this horrible government program,” he said.

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