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Congress Wants More Than 75% O-Care Subsidy

From the New York Times:

Higher Costs Seen for Some in Congress on Health Plans

By ROBERT PEAR | August 7, 2013

WASHINGTON — Older members of Congress and those who smoke, like Speaker John A. Boehner, could be facing much higher health insurance premiums under a new official interpretation of President Obama’s health care law…

Federal workers, including lawmakers, now generally get coverage through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, the nation’s largest employer-sponsored health insurance program… The 2010 health care law generally requires members of Congress and employees in their “official offices” to get coverage through the exchanges… In the federal employee program, people in the same health plan generally pay the same premiums, regardless of their age or place of residence.

However, for health plans sold on the exchanges, premiums can vary, based on a person’s age, tobacco use and place of residence. A person like Mr. Boehner, who turns 64 in November, might be charged three times as much as a 23-year-old. And as a smoker, he could be charged up to 50 percent more than a nonsmoker of the same age…

In other words, under their old health insurance plan Congressmen weren’t punished for being old or smoking or living in a ‘red state,’ like they will be under Obama-Care. So now Congress wants the law changed so they don’t have to pay higher premiums.

(Also note how The Times uses John Boehner as their example throughout, to make it look like the Republicans are leading the push for this latest carve out.)

The proposed rule includes a surprise for lawmakers. They will generally not be able to get into or return to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program when they retire.

“Members of Congress and their staff who purchase health insurance coverage on the exchange will be eligible to carry that coverage, with the government contribution, into retirement,” the personnel agency said. But, it said, lawmakers and aides “who retire with exchange plan coverage are not eligible for Federal Employees Health Benefits plan coverage in retirement.”

Congressional aides said they would urge the administration to change this provision before it takes effect. The federal employee program has decades of experience providing benefits to retirees, but the new exchange plans were conceived mainly for people under 65 and have no experience coordinating benefits with Medicare.

In other words, thanks to Obama and the OPM Congressmen will get to keep their 75% taxpayer subsidy of their Obama-Care premiums for the rest of their lives. But that’s still not good enough, because of the aforementioned differences in the rates due to age and smoking, etc.

So they’re also pushing to change the rules so they can go back to the federal program once they retire. That way they will get to keep their old federal health insurance for the rest of their lives, rather than have live under Obama-Care like the great un-washed. Isn’t that wonderful?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 8th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Congress Wants More Than 75% O-Care Subsidy”

  1. captstubby says:

    Animal House(1978)
    Assume the position.

    We now consecrate the bond of obedience.
    Assume the position.

    Thank you, sir. May I have another?

    Thank you, sir. May I have another?

    Thank you, sir. May I have another?

    Thank you, sir. May I have another?

    Thank you, sir. May I have another?

    Thank you, sir. May I have another?

    Thank you, sir. May I have another?

  2. bousquem25 says:

    Wasn’t the line from Animal Farm “Some animals are more equal than others”? I guess now its “Some people are better than others and will be allowed to keep their health coverage, but the rest of you get to pay for it along with the coverage for Deshaawn the heroin/crack addict.”


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