Thursday, June 13, 2013

Even DC Hates Obamacare

Wonder what would happen if the folks who had to pass the law before they would know what was in it actually read the law?   

Something like this . . 
Dozens of lawmakers and aides are so afraid that their health insurance premiums will skyrocket next year thanks to Obamacare that they are thinking about retiring early or just quitting.
The fear: Government-subsidized premiums will disappear at the end of the year under a provision in the health care law that nudges aides and lawmakers onto the government health care exchanges, which could make their benefits exorbitantly expensive.
Why is Obamacare suddenly "exorbitantly expensive"? What happened to reducing your premiums by $2500 or 3000%, whichever is greater?
The problem is far more acute in the House, where lawmakers and aides are generally younger and less wealthy. Sources said several aides have already given lawmakers notice that they’ll be leaving over concerns about Obamacare.
And younger, less wealthy individuals can qualify for taxpayer subsidies to make their premiums . . . affordable.
Rep. John Larson, a Connecticut Democrat in leadership when the law passed, said he thinks the problem will be resolved.
“If not, I think we should begin an immediate amicus brief to say, ‘Listen this is simply not fair to these employees,’” Larson told POLITICO. “They are federal employees.”
So federal employees should be treated differently from the rest of us?
Some would say that is a racist comment.
I choose to think the attitude in DC is elitist.
Currently, aides and lawmakers receive their health care under the generous Federal Employee Health Benefits Program. The government subsidizes upward of 75 percent of the premiums for the health insurance plans. In 2014, most Capitol Hill aides and lawmakers are expected to be put onto the exchanges, and there has been no guidance whether the government will subsidize those premiums. This is expected to cause a steep spike in health insurance costs.
Sounds like the caffeine kicked in.
Welcome to America!

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