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Congressional Staffers Still Don’t Want O-Care

From the Politico:

Survey: Obamacare worries Hill aides

By SEUNG MIN KIM | 1/13/14

A vast majority of top congressional aides say in a new survey that they are concerned about the effects of Obamacare on their staff, ticking off worries about changes to their benefits, higher costs and whether they’ll have access to local health care providers.

Ninety percent of staffers surveyed for a report released Monday by the Congressional Management Foundation said they are concerned about benefit changes under the health care law, while 86 percent are anxious about the financial hit and 79 percent cited worries to access.

And these are the people who wrote the damn law. Also, lest we forget, these aides are having 75% of their premiums subsidized by the taxpayers.

Moreover, most of them are ‘young.’ So why do they think they will be able to convince others, especially young people, to sign up?

Only about 35 percent of staffers said they have a “good understanding” of the changes to their health care plan under Obamacare, according to the survey. Under the health care law, all members of Congress and most congressional aides were required to enroll in the exchanges instead of staying on their federal health care plan.

No, under the Obama-Care law all Congressional aides are required to enroll in the exchanges. The language is plain.

“The elimination of staff’s traditional health care has been a complete disaster,” one aide said in the survey. “If you wanted a legislative branch run by K Street lobbyists and 25-year-old staffers, mission accomplished.”

How will we be able to tell the difference?

Another staffer in the survey was diagnosed with breast cancer in September and was hit with changes in health care coverage in the middle of radiation treatments, according to the report.

“Getting insured through the D.C. exchange is not helpful – my choices are very limited and costs are high,” the staffer said. “As a result, I’ve gone on my husband’s plan. My staff don’t necessarily have that option.”

Of the 163 aides who participated in the survey — which included House and Senate chiefs of staff, House district directors and Senate state directors — 79 percent said it was likely that the health care changes could contribute to staff exits…

Adiós, muchachos!

In the surveys, aides warned of a brain drain that could hit Capitol Hill because of the new requirements for health care under Obamacare – while younger staffers tended to save money on their premiums, many older aides say their costs will rise…

Isn’t this the opposite of what we are being told?

Unless they work in a leadership or committee office, congressional staffers must enroll in the Obamacare exchange…

Again, this is a lie. The law says all Congressional employees must enroll in the exchanges.

But in any case, this ongoing sage is a perfect parable to demonstrate how isolated the inside the beltway bureaucrats is from the rest of the country.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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