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WAUPUN, WISCONSIN — The last thing Obamacare opponent Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI) probably expected at a town hall with constituents was to learn that a member of his own staff is benefiting from the law’s provisions.
But that’s exactly what happened on Monday, when Petri asked field staffer Michael Grimm to explain the process of signing up for Obamacare through the law’s health care exchanges. However, Grimm pointed out that he did not shop on he exchanges because the law allowed him to stay on his parents’ health care plan as a dependent until age 26. “Yeah, I lucked out,” Grimm said.
Watch Petri’s reaction:
Petri also suggested that Grimm lost his federal health care plan as a result of Obamacare, even though the provision requiring lawmakers and their staff to sign up for the new health care law was championed by Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley (IA).
At least 3 million young people have gained coverage under their parents’ insurance due to the dependents provision included in the health care law. Millions more have been able to access health insurance by purchasing them on state-run or the federal exchanges. Last week, the administration announced 8 million people have signed up for insurance through the new marketplaces.