Wasserman Schultz on Not Yet Enrolling in Obamacare: ‘I’m a Little Busy, So’

December 10, 2013 - 12:48 PM

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D.-Fla.) (AP photo/Charles Dharapak)

(CNSNews.com) - Four days before the legal deadline, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said she had not yet signed up for Obamacare, but was still mulling over the plans and what might work best for her family. As of Dec. 9, the deadline for members of Congress, Wasserman’s office had not responded to CNSNews.com’s inquiry on whether the lawmaker had enrolled.

In a CNN interview on Dec. 5, host Wolf Blitzer asked Rep. Wasserman Schultz,  “Because you’re a member of Congress, you have to go to the healthcare.gov website. Have you done that already?”

The congresswoman said, “Yes, I’m in the middle of comparing plans for my own family right now.”

Blitzer then asked, “Why are you waiting so long? It started October 1st. It's December.”

Wasserman Schultz said, “I’m a little busy, so—”

The exchange continued:

Blitzer: "How long does it take to get -- I mean you have to -- you want to have the same doctors, the same hospitals, the same access as you, your medical treatment that you received over the years?"

Wasserman Schultz: "Yes."

Blitzer: "Will you be able to have that?"

Wasserman Schultz: "Yes, absolutely."

Blitzer: "Are you sure?"

Wasserman Schultz: "I'm 100% sure. I've already found--"

Blitzer: "Though you haven't signed up yet?"

Barack Obama, Kathleen Sebelius

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and President Barack Obama (AP Photo)

Wasserman Schultz: "Right. I've found plans on the D.C. shop that members of Congress are eligible for and our staff, that have my doctors,  that have the benefits that are essential for my family.”

Under a regulation issued by the Office of Personnel Management, members of Congress and their staff will be able to use federal subsidies worth up to $11,378 per year to purchase any of the health insurance plans offered through the exchange, DC Health Link.

The deadline for members of Congress and their staff to purchase their 2014 tax-subsidized health insurance plans on that exchange was Monday, Dec. 9.

CNSNews.com made several inquiries by e-mail and telephone to Rep. Wasserman’s office asking if she had enrolled in a health insurance plan by the deadline but her office did not respond before this story was posted.

In addition to her position as a House representative, Wasserman Schultz is the chairman of the Democratic National Committee.