There is a provision in the Act requiring that Congressional members and their aides join the exchanges. That’s what this is about.
I understand. But this does not affect active federal employees of the executive branch and federal retirees. We (I’m a federal retiree. 34 years, active duty US Army, Defense Dept. and FAA) are in the Federal Employee Health Benefit Program (FEHBP) and are exempt from the provisions of Obamacare. At least for now.