U.S. Sen. Johnson: Threatens subpoena to OPM on congressional exemption from Obamacare

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WASHINGTON — Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Acting Director Kathleen McGettigan on Wednesday threatening to subpoena documents regarding the OPM’s regulation that exempted Congress from Obamacare. Johnson also requested transcribed interviews with OPM employees.  This letter follows Johnson’s August letter to the OPM that requested information and documents related to the congressional exemption from Obamacare.

“The Senate has long requested information about OPM’s 2013 regulation.  In 2016, then-Senator David Vitter and I requested material about the development of the regulation.   On August 16, 2017, I wrote to you requesting information and materials regarding OPM’s 2013 regulation.   On September 1, 2017, OPM provided documents consisting primarily of material already provided to the Committee.   This document production is insufficient. The American people have a right to know how and why OPM exempted Members of Congress from the full impact of Obamacare.  If OPM does not produce the entirety of the information and materials requested in my August 16 letter byOctober 18, 2017, the Committee may be forced to consider the use of compulsory process,” Johnson wrote in the letter.

Johnson’s Aug. 16 letter can be found here.

The letter can be found here.

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