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ObamaCare Clusterfuck: Congress critters and staffers still trying to avoid being forced onto the Exchanges, because of "rate shock"

Politico:

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.

Poor babies!

Hey, maybe they could all move to California! I hear there's no rate shock there at all!

NOTE Actually, this is bad; the staffers really aren't all that well paid, close to power in the glamorous District of Columbia though they be, and throwing the ones who can't afford ObamaCare under the bus is just a recipe for bringing in more rich fucks who don't have to worry about money, or under the table payments. Of course, with single payer Medicare for All, this issue wouldn't even be arising.

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Submitted by Alexa on

Mr. Bacon was lamenting over at DKos when he posted this:

This is what I predicted all along.

The overwhelming majority of people will wind up with figleaf policies that don't cover doodle-squat and the price will go through the roof.

I'm in California with a Kaiser Permanente plan that costs $52 every 2 weeks that gives me full coverage.

If my employer drops the insurance and I have to buy in the exchanges, according to California's estimator in their exchange webpage, since I'm 57 a premium for a Silver plan (that only covers 70% of UCR) will set me back $635 a month.

I'll be forced to pay through the roof for a figleaf policy that doesn't come close to what my Kaiser insurance presently covers.

And I make too much money to get any premium subsidy.

It's hard to blame him for being upset--I do "feel for him."

But who is really going to suffer are the lower GS and WG employees.

[Mr. Bacon has diaried that he is a GS-12.]

Actually, his words are fairly "mild" compared to what I'll be saying if we lose our "Group" coverage due to the ACA. ;-)

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

In re: " throwing the ones who can't afford ObamaCare under the bus is just a recipe for bringing in more rich fucks ..."

Or it could wake up the staffers to what American citizens are dealing with in reality-world, as victims of the legislation that the staffers help support. Like the cogs of the machine starting to fall off or something.

Also, there are tens of millions of Americans who make less than these staffers in far less glamourous conditions who have zero health insurance (and zero sick leave, which I'm sure the staffers have) and, goes without saying, are doing work that does not "burnish resumes." So ... I really don't feel "bad" or "sad" for these "folks."

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

... as it will affect the "folks" who Obama said lied would be "able to keep their existing coverage" is excellent and should help the millions of others in his situation (betrayed) articulate the "problem."

I'm copying it here because it's really apt: "I'll be forced to pay through the roof for a figleaf policy that doesn't come close to what my Kaiser insurance presently covers." (emphasis added)

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Submitted by Alexa on

I do feel a bit bad for them (maybe because I've been "one of them, LOL"), but I'm also not fully convinced that the folks who wrote this atrocity should be exempted.

What kind of justice is that?

Let them suffer along with the rest of us, right? ;-D

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

One of the better comments to the Politico story is by someone who called Dem. Rep. Larson (CT) at his D.C. office to ask whether his statement (in the article -- about "we'll just do an amicus brief and say it's not fair for us to have to go to the exchanges") means that he is proposing a subsidy for first rate health care for Congress but not for Americans. The "office" responded that he's not at liberty to discusss the topic! Ha ha ha ha! Democracy, I loved ya.

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Submitted by Alexa on

his "principles":

Supports Hyde Park Declaration of "Third Way" centrism.

Larson adopted the manifesto, "A New Politics for a New America":

As New Democrats, we believe in a Third Way that rejects the old left-right debate and affirms America’s basic bargain: opportunity for all, responsibility from all, and community of all . . .

* that fiscal discipline is fundamental to sustained economic growth as well as responsible government, and, . . .

* The Third Way approach to economic opportunity and security stresses technological innovation, competitive enterprise, and education rather than top- down redistribution or laissez faire.

On questions of values, it embraces “tolerant traditionalism,” honoring traditional moral and family values while resisting attempts to impose them on others.

It favors an enabling rather than a bureaucratic government, expanding choices for citizens, using market means to achieve public ends and encouraging civic and community institutions to play a larger role in public life.

Just gotta love these guys!