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Some Congress Staffers Get To Avoid Obama-Care

From an unfazed Politico:

Hill aides can quietly stay off health exchanges

By JAKE SHERMAN and BURGESS EVERETT | October 29, 2013

Congressional offices this week have been forced into a frenzied, late-hour scramble to decide which of their staffers will be pushed onto the District of Columbia’s health insurance exchanges and which will be able to keep their current health insurance plans.

Under rules created in the wake of Obamacare’s implementation, House and Senate personal office staffers — dubbed “official office” aides by the House administrative office — are supposed to get their health insurance through D.C.’s health insurance exchange. Committee and leadership staffers — labeled “official staff” — are allowed to keep their current health insurance plan, which is administered by the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program.

But like many things on Capitol Hill, there’s a wrinkle: Members of the House and Senate may quietly allow their aides to stay off the exchange, and keep their current plan.

This is a total travesty. Here is the entire text of the Grassley amendment to Obama-Care, which was agreed to by the Senate unanimously:

"Enrollment by Members of Congress and Congressional Employees. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, beginning July 1, 2013, Members of Congress and congressional employees would be required to use their employer contribution (adjusted for age rating) to purchase coverage through a state-based exchange, rather than using the traditional Federal Employees Health Benefits Plan (FEHBP)."

The language is as plain as day. There is no mention of "official office" versus "official staff."

“It seems too cute,” said Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) of the news. Denham is putting all his staff on the exchanges.

In what members of both parties said was a surprise, guidance on Tuesday from the chief administrative officer of the House said lawmakers could privately designate personal office aides as not “official,” meaning they do not have to go on the exchange and could keep their current plan. Similarly, House lawmakers can decide that their committee and leadership staffers need to go on D.C.’s exchanges…

And never mind that the Grassley amendment, like the rest of Obama-Care, is the ‘Law Of The Land.’

Similar guidance was distributed in the Senate last week, where at least one senator not in committee or party leadership was looking at using a “liberal” interpretation of the rules to exempt aides from the exchanges, sources said. But it will be difficult for rank-and-file senators to escape public scrutiny if they choose to keep their aides off the exchanges, given senators’ more prominent stature and fewer numbers than House members.

BS. It will be easy to avoid scrutiny if the news media never reports it. Just like they have barely reported Congress’s 75% Obama-Care premium subsidies.

Some House lawmakers are saying that in the face of vague rules, they will make their own determination about what to do…

There is nothing vague about the Grassley amendment.

In the Senate, the split between parties seems sharp. The staff of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will all enter the exchanges. “Unlike the entire Obama administration — who are trying to convince Americans that the government exchanges are great — we are not exempt from the exchanges,” said Michael Brumas, a spokesman for McConnell.

Other Republican leaders have followed suit: Aides to Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas and Sens. John Thune of South Dakota and John Barrasso of Wyoming will get their health insurance from the exchange…

Senate Democrats, however, aren’t being as direct.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said he’s “following the law as closely as I can.” Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois said his office is “working on it.” Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York said his office does not divulge internal office policies…

What a surprise, huh?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Some Congress Staffers Get To Avoid Obama-Care”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Isn’t this Yet Another Lie?

    Having a hard time keeping up even with a scorecard ..

  2. Noyzmakr says:

    These are the very people responsible for writing this 3000 page travesty. If anyone should have to pay full price and be stuck with ObaminationCare, It’s these piss ants.

    If the Chi-Coms nuked DC while they were all there, the entire apparatus of government along with the leadership of NY, Calif., and Illinois, I don’t think I’d be that upset. They’d be doing us a favor!

  3. Noyzmakr says:

    Oh. You see that guy sitting on the bottom right corner of that picture?

    That’s my congressman. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) He claims he’s a black man. My ancestors are from Wales and my skin isn’t that white in the deepest part of winter. He makes Ben Jealous jealous.

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