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Boehners’ Rate Doubles (Subsidy Not Reported)

From a weirdly outraged Politico:

John Boehner’s premiums spike under Obamacare

By JONATHAN ALLEN | November 24, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner’s health insurance premiums will nearly double — and his deductibles will almost triple — as a result of the Affordable Care Act, according to figures provided by his office at POLITICO’s request…

That is terrible. But, lest we forget, he is going to get a 75% taxpayer subsidy for his premiums. Unlike the rest of us.

Boehner and his wife, Debbie, currently pay a monthly premium of $433 for family coverage from Blue Cross Blue Shield, with a deductible of $700, according to his office…

Once again, the Politico fails to note that 75% of the cost of his premiums is subsidized.

Last week, the speaker began shopping for a new plan in the D.C. exchange, a search his office drew attention to by tweeting pictures of him trying to enroll.

For some reason the Politico repeatedly fails to note that Boehner, like all Congressmen and their staffers, have a special exchange website and special helplines and special navigators to guide them through the process. (A detail that the New York Times reported last week.)

This is what he found at the market: To keep a similar plan, the Boehners would have to pay $802 per month in premiums, with a deductible of $2,000. Instead, Debbie Boehner, who becomes eligible for Medicare when she turns 65 next month, will get coverage through the government’s insurance program for the elderly. She already had applied for Medicare Part A, which covers hospital care. When she adds in either Parts B and D, or Medicare Advantage, which acts to bundle the various parts of Medicare, she will pay between $350 and $400 per month in premiums, according to Boehner’s office.

The speaker, who is 64, chose to sign up for an individual plan with benefits similar to those he receives under FEHB. That will cost him $449 per month in premiums, and the policy carries a $1,000 deductible. So, he’ll pay more next year for himself than he paid this year for both himself and his wife — and, together, the Boehners will still pay roughly $800 per month in premiums with deductibles in the $2,000 range.

But again, this would all be subsidized by 75%. So it’s hard to work up too many tears.

While many younger lawmakers and aides — and many more folks outside the Capitol — will see their premiums go down under the Affordable Care Act, some House Democratic aides have complained in recent days of sticker shock for older employees who have begun shopping for new coverage under Obamacare, and a handful of lawmakers in their late 50s and early 60s have privately noted that they will see a huge spike in their premiums.

Again, in this entire piece the Politico never once mentions that these people are all getting their premiums subsidized by the US taxpayers. Why is that?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, November 25th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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