RUSH: The Senate did vote to maintain their subsidy. They did that. One of the things the Republicans sent over from the House was an offer to not shut down if the Democrats would give that up.
The Democrats in the Senate voted to keep their subsidies. I think a big deal needs to be made of that, and we will do our part here, as we did yesterday. “The Office of Personnel Management ruled Monday that members of Congress and their staffs,” in addition to getting their 75% subsidy on the purchase of insurance at the exchanges, “will be able to buy health care plans that pay for abortions, even though the premiums are funded largely by taxpayer money,” and that makes it illegal.
There is federal law on this, and federal law is being broken by virtue of this ruling from the Office of Personnel Management. “Under the terms of Obamacare, lawmakers and their aides are required to ditch their government-sponsored plans and buy insurance on state-based health care exchanges,” for which they’ll be paid those subsidies, “though unlike most people on the exchanges, the staffers and members will have most of the costs of their premiums paid by their employer — in this case, taxpayers.”