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Congress and staff are exempt from income limits for Obamacare subsidies that apply to everyone else
| December 10, 2013
| Dan from Squirrel Hill
Posted on 12/10/2013 8:59:38 AM PST by grundle
Members of Congress and their staff are exempt from the income limits for Obamacare subsidies that apply to everyone else
Most people are eligible for Obamacare subsidies only if their income is no more than 400% of the poverty level. For a family of four, 400% of the poverty level is $94,200. A family of four with income higher than that amount it not eligible for an Obamacare subsidy.
However, members of Congress and their staff are exempt from this limit. Members of Congress are paid $174,000 a year. Because of their special exemption, a middle aged member of Congress who is married and has children, will get a special Obamacare subsidy of $10,000.
These subsidies for members of Congress and their staff are illegal. The New York Times wrote of this:
the language of the health care law requires Congressional employees to obtain health insurance through an exchange created by the law, but other parts of the federal legal code restrict the ability of the federal government to pay the usual employer share for group insurance programs approved by the Office of Personnel Management.
A straightforward reading of the law thus means that Congressional staff members, starting in January 2014, will have to obtain insurance through the Affordable Care Act but pay for it on their own without the normal contribution from their employer Congress. This would be a multi-thousand-dollar income hit for those affected
would potentially feel the pain, giving rise to concerns over a potential brain drain of Congressional staff members finding other employment.
the federal personnel office initially ruled that Congressional staff members would not be eligible for the subsidies, and then changed this decision under pressure from the White House
posted on 12/10/2013 8:59:38 AM PST
What a bunch of low-down, two-timin’, no good,...
posted on 12/10/2013 9:09:23 AM PST
When do we start the Nuremberg II trials and start putting these SOBs in prison?
posted on 12/10/2013 9:10:21 AM PST
(And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
I bet Congress and their staff will also get to choose their doctor, hospital and be first in line at the major medical centers, like the Mayo Clinic, that are not available to the rest of us under Obamacare. Orwell said it best: “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.”
posted on 12/10/2013 9:16:40 AM PST
Is it just me? Or is anyone else thinking these ‘subsidies’ are going to dissapear fast, once Obamacare has destroyed all the private insurance companies...?
posted on 12/10/2013 9:17:52 AM PST
by Mr. K
(If you like your constitution, you can keep it. Period.)
Welcome to the soviet union. The only difference is the names given to things.
Nomenklatura = congress and the administration.
KGB = IRS
posted on 12/10/2013 9:18:55 AM PST
by I want the USA back
(Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
wasn't this expected?...this is "The Age of the Nameless / Faceless (Federal Bureaucratic) American Nomeklatura"..an oligarchy.
pResident Barry Soetoro aka Barack Hussein O'Bama (0'ButtCrack) is an torpid low-class Sock-puppet / Apparachnik.
controlled by Iranian (still no Foreign agent registration?) VJ.
posted on 12/10/2013 9:29:10 AM PST
(The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi :-)
the article should read :
Members of Congress and their staff are exempt from TAXES !!
Within the numerous pages of ObamaCare , I am sure that was already written into the bill that Congress passed !../sarc.
Anybody else want to change the rules as the law progresses ?
THis is not legal or moral, but no GOPe or DemoRat will acknowldge that the Executive is writing legislation as the law moves along ~It's not his job !
posted on 12/10/2013 9:40:24 AM PST
by Tilted Irish Kilt
(Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
posted on 12/10/2013 10:01:11 AM PST
(America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
In Federalist Number 57, James Madison wrote that Congress can make no law which will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as on the great mass of the society.
As wise an idea as this was, Madison and the other Framers failed to expressly incorporate such a limit on government within the Constitution itself.
How silly of Madison to think that our all-knowing, all-wise modern masters who are clearly superior to those dead old white guys should have to live under the laws they impose on us inferior and ignorant clods infesting flyover country.
I believe we need several amendments to the Constitution. How about you??
posted on 12/10/2013 10:41:38 AM PST
by Dick Bachert
(Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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