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NYT Spins Congress O-Care Subsidy As Status Quo

From a rapidly spinning New York Times:

Deal Keeps U.S. Health Care Contribution for Congress

By ROBERT PEAR | August 2, 2013

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration told Congress on Thursday that it would allow the federal government to continue paying a large share of the cost of health insurance for members of Congress and their aides, averting a problem for many who work on Capitol Hill.

Note the headline and lead. The New York Times is doing everything they can to make this sound like this sweetheart deal is just a ‘continuation’ of the status quo. When, in reality, Obama is changing the Obama-Care law in order to give Congress and their staffers a taxpayer subsidy to help pay for their premiums.

Which, by the way, is exactly what the labor unions are demanding. And which they are also sure to get.

However, under the arrangement, lawmakers and many of their aides will have to get coverage through new health insurance marketplaces, or exchanges, being set up in every state.

This is more utter mendacity from The Times. Thanks to a provision in Obama-Care put in by Chuck Grassley, Congress and their staff have to go under the Obama-Care exchanges. So it is simply a lie to suggest this was part of a quid pro quo for getting a taxpayer subsidy for their premiums.

The House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi of California, welcomed the new arrangement, worked out by the White House and the United States Office of Personnel Management, under pressure from Congress. “Members of Congress and their staffs must enroll in health marketplaces, as the Affordable Care Act requires,” Ms. Pelosi said.

Again, The Times tries to make it sound like Congress going into the exchanges was part of this deal. It was not. It is in the Obama-Care law.

Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Ms. Pelosi, confirmed that the government contributions would continue. Those contributions provide $5,000 a year for individual coverage and $11,000 for families under some of the most popular health plans…

And again, The Times tries to make it sound like nothing has changed. When, in fact, this is a direct violation of the Obama-Care law.

Also, note that these subsidies are going to range from $5,000 to $11,000 dollars a year. How many of us will get these kind of subsidies? (Hint: none.)

Lawmakers feared that they might lose not only the federal contributions, but also many staff members, who might leave Capitol Hill in search of other jobs…

And never mind that this is the law that they have forced on the rest of us. Shouldn’t they have to live under it?

The 2010 health care law generally requires lawmakers and aides who work in their personal offices to get coverage through the exchanges. But it does not provide any obvious way for the federal government to continue paying its share of the premiums…

Because taxpayer subsidies were never supposed to be given to Congress. After all, why should they get them when the rest of us do not?

Under the arrangement, Congressional aides will not be eligible for the tax credits available to many low- and middle-income people who buy private insurance in the exchanges…

Again, The Times tries to make it sound like this is some kind of trade off. When none of these people would have qualified for subsidies, given that Congressmen make $174,000 a year and staffers average over $70,000 a year. And many make nearly as much as their bosses.

But this is how our media guardians work. They are always willing to lie to their readers to protect their bosses in the Democrat Party.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 2nd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “NYT Spins Congress O-Care Subsidy As Status Quo”

  1. Noyzmakr says:

    I wonder if these members and staff get to keep their subsidized healthcare after they lose their seat. Let’s say the congressman loses his election and his staff loses their jobs when he does. Do they have portability? For how long? I know that members that serve 6 years or more get a pension but is their healthcare paid for by taxpayers the rest of their lives too? What about their staff? Are the staffs jobs permanent no matter who wins?

    What sweet ride these assholes have given themselves. Geeezzz….

  2. Chrispbass says:

    “averting a problem for many who work on Capitol Hill.”
    Hilariously pathetic wording. I wish someone would avert my HI problem.

  3. GetBackJack says:

    So, let me get this straight.

    1. Income generated for Congress to spend originates from Taxes and what money Congress can borrow using our Taxes as collateral to leverage.

    2. I’m paying for Obamacare for me and mine.

    3. Congress and their staffers are given waivers which the US Government will pay 75% of the cost of their Obamacare insurance

    4. Waivers and Subsidies paid for with tax payer dollars

    5. So, this means … I have to pay for me and mine … and theirs, too. I have to pay for both?


    • Noyzmakr says:

      I’m not sure why anyone works and pays taxes anymore. They’re just turning out to be the suckers in this scheme. Let’s just all go on welfare, vote a democrat into every office and watch the collapse from the front row. Let them figure it out while we starve. Isn’t that the scenario they’re wishing for? It must be! There can be no other way. OH….that’s right….someone has to pay for all this Santa Clause. Still….working’s for suckers! (SARCASM)

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      Not quite. You will pay for all of their healthcare costs because you also pay all of their salary.

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