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‘Congress Wins Relief’ With 75% O-Care Subsidy

From a completely shameless Reuters:

Congress wins relief on Obamacare health plan subsidies

By David Lawder | August 7, 2013

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congress has won some partial relief for lawmakers and their staffs from the "Obamacare" health reforms that it passed and subjected itself to three years ago.

In a ruling issued on Wednesday, U.S. lawmakers and their staffs will continue to receive a federal contribution toward the health insurance that they must purchase through soon-to-open exchanges created by President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.

The decision by the Office of Personnel Management, with Obama’s blessing, will prevent the largely unintended [sic] loss of healthcare benefits for 535 members of the Senate and House of Representatives and thousands of Capitol Hill staff.

The mainstream media finally gets around to reporting this outrageous ‘carve out,’ and look at how they frame it. It is just "a relief." And it’s only because of a "ruling" that was made by the OPM.

When Congress passed the health reform law known as Obamacare in 2010, an amendment required that lawmakers and their staff members purchase health insurance through the online exchanges that the law created. They would lose generous coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

The amendment’s author, Republican Senator Charles Grassley, argued that if Obamacare plans were good enough for the American public, they were good enough for Congress. Democrats, eager to pass the reforms, went along with it.

But it soon became apparent the provision contained no language that allowed federal contributions toward their health plans that cover about 75 percent of the premium costs.

Again, that was the whole idea. If Congress were to continue to get 75% of their premiums subsidized, how is that just like the Obama-Care plans the rest of us have to face?

Reuters claims all of this was "unintended," when in reality the provision was purposefully inserted so as to make Congress have to live under the same law that they have forced upon us.

Besides, we were assured at the time that Congress would have to live under the same rules as the rest of us. But that now turns out to have been another Obama-Care lie.

Wednesday’s proposed rule from the OPM, the federal government’s human resources agency, means that Congress will escape the most onerous impact of law as it was written…

"The most onerous impact of the law" being the high premiums? Notice that Reuters studiously avoids mentioning that Congressmen make at least $174,000 a year, and their leaders a lot more. And that staffers average over $70,000 a year, and many nearly as much as Congressmen.

They want to keep their low information readers low information readers.

The problem surrounding the Obamacare language for Capitol Hill staff was the subject of intense negotiations in recent weeks between House and Senate leaders and the Obama administration…

How do you "negotiate" the language of a law that has already been enacted?

Lawmakers and staff still must purchase plans on the exchanges for coverage that starts in January, OPM said, and they will not be eligible for tax credits to offset premium payments…

Gosh, that’s rough. We guess they will just have to scrape by with their 75% subsidy that they get automatically, year in and year out.

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

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