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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.

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: baucus; bogus; exemptions; obamacare; premiums; socializedmedicine; waiver; youlie
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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To: Gen.Blather
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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To: upchuck
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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To: upchuck
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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To: grania

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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To: upchuck
...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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To: upchuck

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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To: upchuck
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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To: upchuck

Brains on Capitol Hill are drained every time they flush a toilet up there.

Their brains are treated at Blue Plains, you can smell them when you pass by.


21 posted on 06/13/2013 5:59:35 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: upchuck

This is good news. The less we have of the resident Washington, D.C. “Mandarin Class”, so much the better.


22 posted on 06/13/2013 6:08:23 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: upchuck

In the years ahead, there will be new Senators and Congressmen who will be arriving from the real world, fresh with stories to tell of their employees and businessmen in their districts who were raped by Ocare.


23 posted on 06/13/2013 6:10:48 AM PDT by lurk
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To: tgusa

At least you have a job that provides a health care plan...

As a perfectly healthy, self-employed small business person, I get to pay almost $700 PER MONTH for my own insurance. ($2500 deductible!) And this is through a state pool for the “un-insurable” that is going away as soon as Obamacare exchanges activate. Wonder how much I’ll get to pay then?!?!

Even though we’ve struggled to keep me continuously insured through 2 years of spouse’s unemployment, I’m just about to say ‘screw it’ and keep my money. As if I’m going to get any actual health services through Obamacare as a conservative anyway - NOT!


24 posted on 06/13/2013 6:23:03 AM PDT by lucyblue (Land of the Free, Home of the Brave - It Was Good While It Lasted.)
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To: upchuck

Beat me to it.


25 posted on 06/13/2013 6:48:40 AM PDT by txnativegop (Fed up with zealots)
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To: upchuck
"The uncertainty has created a growing furor on Capitol Hill with aides young and old worried about skyrocketing health care premiums cutting deeply into their already small paychecks."

And what about the rest of America, who's "already small paychecks" are 30% LOWER than those of government workers?

26 posted on 06/13/2013 6:51:34 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: upchuck
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.

Believe me a brain drain in the District of Corruption IS THE LAST THING THEY SHOULD BE WORRING ABOUT.
27 posted on 06/13/2013 6:57:29 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: upchuck; PieterCasparzen; LucyT; WXRGina; All

Definition from the ‘Flyover Country Dictionary’: A Federal Politician is someone who:
1.) is unqualified to do any other job in America.
2.) Has lost the ability to discern the difference between right and wrong.
3.) Assumes that there will be no negative consequences to their illegal actions while in office.
4.) Considers election to a Federal office to be a lifelong position of entitlement.


28 posted on 06/13/2013 7:41:21 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

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29 posted on 06/13/2013 10:10:42 AM PDT by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: upchuck
...many on Capitol Hill fear it could lead to a brain drain just as Congress tackles a slew of weighty issues ..

We could stand in the center of Disney World throwing nerf balls randomly - and get a better crop of people to run the country than we have now.

30 posted on 06/13/2013 10:16:35 AM PDT by GOPJ (Why don’t Democrats waste their time trying to win the votes of gun owners? - Coulter)
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To: upchuck

What makes the authors of this piece think that any of the legislation is actually written by members of Congress?


31 posted on 06/13/2013 10:24:07 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: GOPJ

It’s not so much that they’re stupid and lazy. They are clever and they lie, and they put a great deal of effort into scheming and lying on behalf of the backers that they really “report” to.


32 posted on 06/13/2013 10:28:08 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: Fresh Wind

Precisely. Legislation is written by lobbyists working with the Congressional staff.

That’s why there is a revolving door between the two.

The political operatives who are FReepers (perhaps secretly) know this very well.

But us general public folks sometimes forget about this revolving door.

The lobbyist / Congressional staff revolving door, and big backers of Congressmen having so much influence are why electing a different Congressman only works for a term or two - if at all.

It’s few and far between where even a freshman Congressman does not have his big backers right from the get go.


33 posted on 06/13/2013 10:32:35 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: snoringbear

Unions getting excemptions for what they pushed for the unwashed masses to be forced to have.


34 posted on 06/13/2013 12:27:57 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: upchuck
Never forget that the major excuse for passing this sh*t sandwich was because 10 million or so Americans were without health insurance coverage.

Last I checked, there were three times that many bounced off the rolls because marginal businesses were no longer allowed to offer marginal catastrophic type policies.

35 posted on 06/13/2013 1:37:21 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: upchuck

I thought these guys had automatic waivers? What tricks are they pulling now? They know as well as we do there is no healthcare in Obamacare; so what’s the point of making this statement? Are they trying to make it seem like they empathize with us as did Hitler when he took Germany over?


36 posted on 06/13/2013 2:16:08 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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