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Is Congress Getting Special Healthcare Treatment?

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Washington, DC--
Kristine Frazao Reporting

You could call it perks for politicians. As part of the Affordable Care Act, they too get their coverage through the new healthcare exchanges. But the velvet rope that most Americans have been forced to stand behind, waiting and waiting.

It's all detailed in a new report by the New York Times showing that members of congress have their own hotline to call for help, a special website just for them and choose from high level gold plans which are 75% subsidized by taxpayers.

David Williams is the president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance and says it's yet another example of the growing gap between Washington and the rest of the country.
 
David Williams says, " people are frustrated because they see a congress that's living large, that's enjoying perks and benefits and people outside the beltway are cutting back."
 
We showed the article to several  people vacationing in the nation's capitol and asked them to respond .
 
Mary Spencer says, "what do you think about the fact that congress has a lot easier time signing up for this health plan it's probably not the best plan considering we're all equal people "
 
 Hanna Kane says , "they're serving our country and helping make decisions for sometimes the whole world and a lot of times the country so i think they deserve better healthcare"
 
Reporter Kristine Frazao says , "the insurance companies think they deserve better healthcare as well, as they've taken it upon themselves to set up some of those perks.  and there are many critics who say this should be cause for concern."
 
 
David Williams says " when you have an insurance company make it easier for members of congress to get their healthcare to log on, it's a form of lobbying saying we're good people, don't  over-regulate us, we're here to help you."
 
It's help many others still haven't gotten.