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Congress Demands Subsidies For Their Premiums

From the Politico, of all places:

Obamacare? We were just leaving …

By ANNA PALMER and JAKE SHERMAN | June 13, 2013

Dozens of lawmakers and aides are so afraid that their health insurance premiums will skyrocket next year thanks to Obamacare that they are thinking about retiring early or just quitting.

The fear: Government-subsidized premiums will disappear at the end of the year under a provision in the health care law that nudges aides and lawmakers onto the government health care exchanges, which could make their benefits exorbitantly expensive

If the issue isn’t resolved, and massive numbers of lawmakers and aides bolt, many on Capitol Hill fear it could lead to a brain drain just as Congress tackles a slew of weighty issues — like fights over the Tax Code and immigration reform.

As if Congress needs any brains that thought Obama-Care was a good idea.

The problem is far more acute in the House, where lawmakers and aides are generally younger and less wealthy. Sources said several aides have already given lawmakers notice that they’ll be leaving over concerns about Obamacare. Republican and Democratic lawmakers said the chatter about retiring now, to remain on the current health care plan, is constant…

“It’s a reality,” said Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas). “This is the law. … It’s going to hinder our ability with retention of members, it’s going to hinder our ability for members to take care of their families.” He said his fellow lawmakers are having “quiet conversations” about the threat.

Alabama Rep. Jo Bonner said the threat is already real, especially for veteran lawmakers and staff. If they leave this year, they think they can continue to be covered under the current health care plan…

The Affordable Care Act — signed into law in 2010 — contained a provision known as the Grassley Amendment, which said the government can only offer members of Congress and their staff plans that are “created” in the bill or “offered through an exchange” — unless the bill is amended.

Currently, aides and lawmakers receive their health care under the generous Federal Employee Health Benefits Program. The government subsidizes upward of 75 percent of the premiums for the health insurance plans.

In other words, they are demanding an exemption from Obama-Care. And, failing that, these overpaid Congressmen and staffers want to have their insurance subsidized by the taxpayers.

Isn’t that beautiful?

In 2014, most Capitol Hill aides and lawmakers are expected to be put onto the exchanges, and there has been no guidance whether the government will subsidize those premiums. This is expected to cause a steep spike in health insurance costs.

What’s sauce for the goose should be sauce for these ganders, who gave us the damn sauce in the first place.

There have been many options for fixing the problem discussed throughout the year, including administrative fixes and legislative tweaks. One scenario seen as likely on Capitol Hill would have OPM simply decide that the government could still subsidize insurance on the exchanges.

House Democratic leadership says the issue must be resolved.

“The leadership has assured members that fixing this issue is a top priority,” said one Democratic leadership aide. “This issue must be fixed by administrative action in order that the flawed Grassley Amendment’s spirit is honored and all staff and members are treated the same.” …

We can’t even find the words to fit their chutzpah.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, June 13th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Congress Demands Subsidies For Their Premiums”

  1. Enthalpy says:

    Each member of Congress who voted for the monstrous betrayal (Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act ) should have to live with it-forever!

  2. Astravogel says:

    My heart fair bleeds… Stupid sods!

  3. canary says:

    That’s why Chris Christie got his stomach stapled instead of waiting for his personal trainer to help him lose weight.

  4. GetBackJack says:

    I want to know how to Opt Out

  5. Laree says:

    Mass retirement of government workers seeking to avoid Obamacare…..is Obamacare, the repellent the TEA party is looking for to shrink the federal government?/

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    So much for corporate secular greed.

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