Federal Workers Spooked About Being Forced Into Obamacare Make Plans To Quit

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    Jun 13, 2013 1:01 PM GMT
    But, but... we were told we could keep our health plan if we liked it!

    Obamacare? We were just leaving …

    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.



    And the Democrat's idea of how to fix it - exempt themselves so that just the "little people" (i.e. non-government workers) have to go into the exchanges.

    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.”







    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/obamacare-lawmakers-health-insurance-92691.html?hp=f2
  • rnch

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    Jun 13, 2013 1:17 PM GMT
    Don't Congress persons (and their staff) now enjoy health insurance benefits and cheaper rates that the Rest Of The Federal Civil Service Workers do NOT enjoy icon_question.gif
  • Menergy_1

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    Jun 13, 2013 1:27 PM GMT
    Well, the subject title is somewhat confusing, since this article is about congressional legislators and their aides - who have been getting "free" health care insurance and now (as many of us have petitioned and urged for the gravy train to get equal to other civil service employees' health care insurance programs - not a special gift package to Senators, Representatives, and their staffs.) Seems like Congressional salaries would be way sufficient to actually have to buy into the Federal Health Care Exchanges so many of us federal workers (not congressionals) were part of through our careers. Same sort of offerings/health insurance companies/ HMO programs as most employers were offering in the past, too.

    Ha! So - if they have to actually start paying for health insurance, they'll quit and run? Buhbye, losers! Join the rest of us (in the civil service, at least) who've had to purchase health care insurance all along, with rising costs every year, way before the Affordable Care Act - and have done so regardless. Wahwahwah wahbulance. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 13, 2013 1:28 PM GMT
    Chuck Grassley is brilliant - it's only right that members and their aides live with the consequences of their own legislation:

    The Affordable Care Act — signed into law in 2010 — contained a provision known as the Grassley Amendment, which said the government can only offer members of Congress and their staff plans that are “created” in the bill or “offered through an exchange” — unless the bill is amended.

    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.
  • conservativej...

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    Jun 13, 2013 9:34 PM GMT
    ObamaCare: Witness the 'Cluster Fuck.'
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    Jun 13, 2013 11:34 PM GMT
    Yep. This is just the latest "problem" with Obamacare. Though I really don't think it's a problem at all having Federal employees (especially Congressional employees) on the same system that we peasants are forced to live under.
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    Jun 13, 2013 11:52 PM GMT
    Where's your chef sock with 'his' angle?
  • Apparition

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    Jun 14, 2013 2:28 AM GMT
    if the republicans had just let them go with single payer completely, this would have not been a problem, but I am guessing they thought their citizens needed to suffer so they voted for this instead. yay helpful...not.

    Why doesnt some hospital lawywer guy just get some kind of waiver against lawsuits, and then offer really cheap healthcare to everyone, pretty much everyone would sign on to save costs.

    "I the undersigned agree that doctors will try their best, and for a 50% off of healthcare costs, I will risk them screwing up once in a while"

    basically along those lines.

    they would have 95% of the country at the end of the week paying them their fees.
  • musclmed

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    Jun 14, 2013 4:46 AM GMT
    Apparition saidif the republicans had just let them go with single payer completely, this would have not been a problem, but I am guessing they thought their citizens needed to suffer so they voted for this instead. yay helpful...not.

    Why doesnt some hospital lawywer guy just get some kind of waiver against lawsuits, and then offer really cheap healthcare to everyone, pretty much everyone would sign on to save costs.

    "I the undersigned agree that doctors will try their best, and for a 50% off of healthcare costs, I will risk them screwing up once in a while"

    basically along those lines.

    they would have 95% of the country at the end of the week paying them their fees.


    Those have been tried, trial lawyers invalidate such agreements.

    You know the lawyers who sometimes run for President. Like John Edwards. Who nearly by himself ruined the specialty of Obstetrics in North Carolina .

    Only certain states have the ability patient/provider up front to arbitration. ( outside of court with a mediator as a judge.

    Even if that were the case, it would not approach the 50% off price you suggest.

    The bulk of the price you and insurance companies are paying is for the uninsured patients who get free care.

    Malpractice is part but small, another part for MD's is paperwork and administration costs.

    Obamacare is likely to increase this.