Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Obamacare law doesn’t target most federal workers

Acting IRS chief Daniel Werfel answers a question on health care insurance from U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Plano, during Aug. 1, 2013, testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee.

In an Aug. 2, 2013, press release, U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas, objected to the IRS enforcing Obamacare -- a law he claimed the IRS chief said his employees don’t want applied to themselves.

Hensarling said that "the acting chief of the IRS said he – and the majority of IRS employees – would rather stay with his current plan than switch to Obamacare." (See the chief’s testimony in the video to the right.)

The 2010 Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, isn’t a health plan itself. It requires Americans to have health insurance or pay a fine. It also doesn’t affect most federal workers, who are insured already.

This begins to explain how we arrived at a Half True rating of Hensarling’s statement, which left the incorrect impression that IRS workers are scrambling to get out from under the law that actually applies to the nation’s uninsured. Read on for more.