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Hill Aides Are ‘Shocked’ By O-Care Premiums

From the Politico:

Older Hill aides shocked by Obamacare prices

By JONATHAN ALLEN and JENNIFER HABERKORN | November 21, 2013

Veteran House Democratic aides are sick over the insurance prices they’ll pay under Obamacare, and they’re scrambling to find a cure.

“In a shock to the system, the older staff in my office (folks over 59) have now found out their personal health insurance costs (even with the government contribution) have gone up 3-4 times what they were paying before,” Minh Ta, chief of staff to Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), wrote to fellow Democratic chiefs of staff in an email message obtained by POLITICO. “Simply unacceptable.”

In the email, Ta noted that older congressional staffs may leave their jobs because of the change to their health insurance.

Boo hoo. You are the people who made the Obama-Care bed. You should have to lie in it with the rest of us. (And without a 75% subsidy.)

Under the Affordable Care Act, and federal regulations, many congressional staffers — designated as “official” aides — were forced to move out of the old heavily subsidized Federal Employees Health Benefits program and into the District of Columbia’s health insurance marketplace exchange.

Others designated as “unofficial” were allowed to stay in the FEHB program. Managers had to choose whether aides were “official” or “unofficial” by Oct. 31, and Ta said that wasn’t enough time to make an informed decision about who would benefit and who would lose out by going into the new system.

The Politico is trying to perpetuate the lie that some staffers are exempt from the Grassley provision of Obama-Care. But they aren’t. The law says "all Congressional employees."

Moore’s office was one of those in which all staff were designated as “official” and pushed into the exchanges. That ended up being a problem for older staff, who weren’t accustomed to paying higher premiums because of their age…

For instance, the premiums for gold-level Aetna HMO plans in D.C. cost an average of $684.40 per month for a 55-year-old. A similar plan would cost an average of $287.11 for a 27-year-old. The gold-level CareFirst HMO plans have an average premium of $573.07 for a 55-year-old — more than double the $240.41 average for 27-year-olds. That’s before the federal employee contribution toward the premium…

We are supposed to feel sorry for these people who are getting 75% of their Obama-Care premiums subsidized?! Where are the pitchforks?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, November 22nd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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