Graham announced Monday he would enroll in his home state's exchange, which is being run by the federal government, even though he opposes the Affordable Care Act. The congressional open enrollment period ends Monday.
"I don’t think members of Congress should get a special deal,” Graham said in a statement. "Obamacare is being pushed on the American people, and we should live under it just like everyone else."
While Graham's press release said he was signing up under "Obamacare’s South Carolina health care exchange," the senator is actually enrolling in the federal marketplace, since South Carolina declined to run its own exchange.
Like other congressional Republicans, Graham used the announcement as a chance to criticize the president's health care law,
"As a 58-year-old male living in Oconee County -- my insurance costs are going up about $400 a month, more than 200 percent, under Obamacare," Graham said. "In addition, my health care coverage will be a fraction of what it used to be. Sadly, I’m not the only one who will feel the negative effects of Obamacare. It’s happening all over South Carolina. The worst is yet to come, but I will continue my fight to repeal, replace, defund and allow Americans to opt out of this horrible government program."
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