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Older Hill aides shocked by Obamacare prices (Welcome to the real world under Obamacare)
politico ^ | 11/22/2013 | By JONATHAN ALLEN and JENNIFER HABERKORN

Posted on 11/22/2013 6:55:05 AM PST by tobyhill

Veteran House Democratic aides are sick over the insurance prices they’ll pay under Obamacare, and they’re scrambling to find a cure.

“In a shock to the system, the older staff in my office (folks over 59) have now found out their personal health insurance costs (even with the government contribution) have gone up 3-4 times what they were paying before,” Minh Ta, chief of staff to Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), wrote to fellow Democratic chiefs of staff in an email message obtained by POLITICO. “Simply unacceptable.”

In the email, Ta noted that older congressional staffs may leave their jobs because of the change to their health insurance.

Under the Affordable Care Act, and federal regulations, many congressional staffers — designated as “official” aides — were forced to move out of the old heavily subsidized Federal Employees Health Benefits program and into the District of Columbia’s health insurance marketplace exchange. Others designated as “unofficial” were allowed to stay in the FEHB program. Managers had to choose whether aides were “official” or “unofficial” by Oct. 31, and Ta said that wasn’t enough time to make an informed decision about who would benefit and who would lose out by going into the new system.

Moore’s office was one of those in which all staff were designated as “official” and pushed into the exchanges. That ended up being a problem for older staff, who weren’t accustomed to paying higher premiums because of their age.

But age is one of the few factors insurers can use to adjust prices under Obamacare — and older people will often pay much more than younger people.

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


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: dumberthanarock; gwenmoore; obamacare
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"Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive"
1 posted on 11/22/2013 6:55:05 AM PST by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

Let the parasites quit. Let them find out what it means to live in the real world.


2 posted on 11/22/2013 6:56:49 AM PST by Oldexpat
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To: tobyhill

I went rummaging in the sympathy box but all I could find was “Rot in Hell!”


3 posted on 11/22/2013 6:58:14 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: tobyhill

What can be done for these poor people? It’s just not fair.


4 posted on 11/22/2013 6:59:24 AM PST by centurion316
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To: tobyhill

Do not turn your back on the emperor, but turn and salute him and say.......


5 posted on 11/22/2013 7:03:05 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: tobyhill
...older people will often pay much more than younger people.

Now consider how much Obamacare already limits the true expenses on older people and pushes those costs onto the young. I heard (sorry, don't have the citation) that the maximum insurance price for age is limited to three times the minimum, while actual costs for old people's medical care is closer to ten times young adults' costs. I would be interested in finding out what age is the crossover point between being subsidized and overpaying for Obamacare.

For instance, the premiums for gold-level Aetna HMO plans in D.C. cost an average of $684.40 per month for a 55-year-old. A similar plan would cost an average of $287.11 for a 27-year-old. The gold-level CareFirst HMO plans have an average premium of $573.07 for a 55-year-old — more than double the $240.41 average for 27-year-olds. That’s before the federal employee contribution toward the premium.

Actually that's not horrifying. Between me and my employer, my insurance is just over $400 per month and I'm in my late forties.

6 posted on 11/22/2013 7:03:27 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Everyone get online for Obamacare on 10/1. Overload the system and crash it hard!)
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To: tobyhill; Bender2

7 posted on 11/22/2013 7:06:05 AM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid" ~ Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: tobyhill

It is probably a good retirement plan for him.


8 posted on 11/22/2013 7:06:57 AM PST by OldEagle
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To: tobyhill

It’s not complicated. This is socialized medicine. The scheme is funded by forcing people to pay for a bunch of stuff they don’t need.


9 posted on 11/22/2013 7:07:03 AM PST by lodi90
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To: lodi90

One of my employees is a US citizen from China. She said the joke in China is that America is more socialist than China.


10 posted on 11/22/2013 7:09:11 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Paine in the Neck

“I went rummaging in the sympathy box but all I could find was “Rot in Hell!”

I also did the same thing....this time I found a small violin.


11 posted on 11/22/2013 7:10:23 AM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: tobyhill
Ta emphasized that “employees are not dissatisfied with the Affordable Care Act” and that some younger staffers have seen their premiums fall.

Then why complain? They're getting just what they want.

12 posted on 11/22/2013 7:11:02 AM PST by HarleyD (...one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.)
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To: HarleyD

Is THIS when they first realized that Obamacare
DOESN’T mean

“free healthcare on demand”?


13 posted on 11/22/2013 7:11:36 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: tobyhill

Democrats are just not a very bright bunch of people.

14 posted on 11/22/2013 7:13:10 AM PST by Obadiah (I Like Ted.)
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To: tobyhill

You don’t think the insurance companies cut this deal with Obama expecting to lose money, did you?


15 posted on 11/22/2013 7:16:40 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: tobyhill

Someone please post a picture of Nelson saying “HA ha!”


16 posted on 11/22/2013 7:26:20 AM PST by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: tobyhill

Related article for younger 0bummer voters:

“Maybe Pain Will Teach You Millenials Not To Vote For Your Own Serfdom”

http://townhall.com/columnists/kurtschlichter/2013/11/04/maybe-pain-will-teach-you-millenials-not-to-vote-for-your-own-serfdom-n1733722


17 posted on 11/22/2013 7:42:30 AM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: tobyhill

Burn baby, burn.


18 posted on 11/22/2013 7:52:36 AM PST by Flick Lives (The U.S. is dead to me.)
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To: tobyhill

Headline:

“Shocked! Congressional Aids Find Out They’re Just Peasants Like The Rest of Us”


19 posted on 11/22/2013 7:56:06 AM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: carriage_hill

A few detracting meanderings...but otherwise pretty good.


20 posted on 11/22/2013 8:40:59 AM PST by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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