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Obamacare? We were just leaving
Politico ^ | Thursday, June 13, 2013 | ANNA PALMER and JAKE SHERMAN

Posted on 06/13/2013 4:55:54 AM PDT by upchuck

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...

If the issue isn’t resolved, and massive numbers of lawmakers and aides bolt, many on Capitol Hill fear it could lead to a brain drain just as Congress tackles a slew of weighty issues — like fights over the Tax Code and immigration reform...

Lawmakers and aides on both sides of the aisle are acutely aware of the problems with the provision. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) have discussed fixes to the provision. Boehner, according to House GOP sources, believes that Reid must take the lead on crafting a solution. Since Republicans opposed the bill, Boehner does not feel responsible to lead the effort to make changes.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: baucus; bogus; exemptions; obamacare; premiums; socializedmedicine; waiver; youlie
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Reality sucks, huh?

Brain drain? There's nothing to drain. There's been no brains on Capitol Hill in years.

1 posted on 06/13/2013 4:55:54 AM PDT by upchuck
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To: upchuck

My first thought, too. Then seriousness took over and wondered who would be replacing them.


2 posted on 06/13/2013 5:01:18 AM PDT by huldah1776
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To: upchuck

Brain drain? We should be so lu
cky!!


3 posted on 06/13/2013 5:02:18 AM PDT by Dr. Pritchett
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To: upchuck

(“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.”)

Gosh, parse out the thinking behind that statement. They passed this law but the speaker is appalled that “it’s not fair” it will negatively impact “federal employees.” What category does that put everyone else in who are not the protected class of “federal employees.”


4 posted on 06/13/2013 5:03:31 AM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: upchuck

I was just notified that my BC/BS is going up in a few months. They’re railroading into the cheaper European single payer Socialized or Nationalized Medicine Healthcare.


5 posted on 06/13/2013 5:03:42 AM PDT by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,)
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To: upchuck

Dont you just love the Brains that drew up this monstrosity,want nothing to do with it,They did not know it would apply to them! The Elite ,the betters among us! Oh well thats what they Invented waivers for!


6 posted on 06/13/2013 5:04:12 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: upchuck

a “brain drain” from Congress?

What, Ted Cruz is leaving?


7 posted on 06/13/2013 5:06:02 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age Takes a Toll: Please Have Exact Change)
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To: upchuck

Thanks, boys. You destroyed the finest health care system in the world, wrecked the economy, took jobs away from the American people, enriched yourselves with insider information, and now you’re going to cut and run. I hope to live long enough to see all of you swinging from the end of a rope.


8 posted on 06/13/2013 5:06:25 AM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Gen.Blather

“Gosh, parse out the thinking behind that statement. They passed this law but the speaker is appalled that “it’s not fair” it will negatively impact “federal employees.” What category does that put everyone else in who are not the protected class of “federal employees.””

Let not your heart be troubled for our wonderful congress members and their so valuable employees. I have complete confidence in their ability to figure out a way to exempt themselves from ObamaCare and screw us (btw, unions exempted too). No worries in that regard / sarc.


9 posted on 06/13/2013 5:10:00 AM PDT by snoringbear (E.oGovernment is the Pimp,)
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To: upchuck
They're not afraid of how Obamacare will affect us, only how it will affect them.

My prediction:

In the next few weeks they will pass "emergency legislation." It will fix the parts of Obamacare that hurt themselves, while making everything more painful for us.

10 posted on 06/13/2013 5:13:14 AM PDT by Jess Kitting
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To: bronxville

I have a new job. My new health care plan SUCKS compared to my last one. Think Obamacare has anything to do with it?

Oh - and I give a rat’s rectum about the poor ‘federal employees’ and their issues with Obamacare. GOI.


11 posted on 06/13/2013 5:15:18 AM PDT by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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Yes, I found the statement by Rep Larson (CT-D) particularly arrogant.
12 posted on 06/13/2013 5:15:55 AM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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many fear it could lead to a BRAIN DRAIN on Capital Hill....

How would that even be possible?

13 posted on 06/13/2013 5:18:37 AM PDT by grania
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Let's see if I've got this straight: A bunch of power- and money-hungry politicians are going to give up their high-paying, high-power gigs just because their health insurance premiums might go up?

I don't think so.

Health insurance costs could increase ten-fold without having a significant impact on the overwhelming majority of them.

I think the greedy basturds are running a bluff to leverage the Obama mal-Administration in to creating “exemptions” for them so they can keep their current plans at their current rates (or perhaps even lower rates); and be spared even a minuscule taste of the horrors we “commoners” will be facing over the next few years.

And I think he will cave in to them. He will give a speech about it, breathlessly and dramatically lecturing us about this “terrible unintended consequence” which stands to “devastate these dedicated individuals”. He will then affect an air of smug self-satisfaction as he triumphantly announces his “solution”: The aforementioned exemptions.

These leaches are NOT going to voluntarily step off the gravy train. They intend to then continue to live their entire lives on our dimes - lots and lots and lots of OUR dimes.

14 posted on 06/13/2013 5:30:02 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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I say it’s a head fake, these dirt bags will never give up power willingly. Fake outrage to bring the issue to the front, so Papa Docbama will fix it for them.


15 posted on 06/13/2013 5:30:35 AM PDT by DAC21
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...many on Capitol Hill fear it could lead to a brain drain...

That right there is funny. I don't care who you are.

5.56mm

16 posted on 06/13/2013 5:30:50 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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17 posted on 06/13/2013 5:48:19 AM PDT by RedMDer (You are Free Republic. There are no outside influences. Just us, all of us. Please donate today!)
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To: Gen.Blather

Serfs.


18 posted on 06/13/2013 5:49:01 AM PDT by RedMDer (You are Free Republic. There are no outside influences. Just us, all of us. Please donate today!)
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To: upchuck

Not a bad thing, iMHO. DC needs to be turned upside down and shaken, anyway.


19 posted on 06/13/2013 5:55:46 AM PDT by wbill
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could lead to a brain drain

Sounds like just what the Dr ordered.....

20 posted on 06/13/2013 5:59:09 AM PDT by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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