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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 isnt 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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Brain drain? There's nothing to drain. There's been no brains on Capitol Hill in years.
My first thought, too. Then seriousness took over and wondered who would be replacing them.
Brain drain? We should be so lu
(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.”
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.
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!
a “brain drain” from Congress?
What, Ted Cruz is leaving?
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.
“Gosh, parse out the thinking behind that statement. They passed this law but the speaker is appalled that its 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.
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.
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.
How would that even be possible?
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.
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.
That right there is funny. I don't care who you are.
Not a bad thing, iMHO. DC needs to be turned upside down and shaken, anyway.
Sounds like just what the Dr ordered.....
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.
This is good news. The less we have of the resident Washington, D.C. “Mandarin Class”, so much the better.
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.
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!
Beat me to it.
And what about the rest of America, who's "already small paychecks" are 30% LOWER than those of government workers?
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.
The list, Ping
Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list
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.
What makes the authors of this piece think that any of the legislation is actually written by members of Congress?
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.
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.
Unions getting excemptions for what they pushed for the unwashed masses to be forced to have.
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.
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?