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Survey: Obamacare worries Hill aides (Congressional staffers claim they will quit)
politico ^ | 1/13/14 | SEUNG MIN KIM

Posted on 01/14/2014 9:56:27 AM PST by dennisw

A vast majority of top congressional aides say in a new survey that they are concerned about the effects of Obamacare on their staff, ticking off worries about changes to their benefits, higher costs and whether they’ll have access to local health care providers.

Ninety percent of staffers surveyed for a report released Monday by the Congressional Management Foundation said they are concerned about benefit changes under the health care law, while 86 percent are anxious about the financial hit and 79 percent cited worries to access.

Only about 35 percent of staffers said they have a “good understanding” of the changes to their health care plan under Obamacare, according to the survey. Under the health care law, all members of Congress and most congressional aides were required to enroll in the exchanges instead of staying on their federal health care plan.

“The elimination of staff’s traditional health care has been a complete disaster,” one aide said in the survey. “If you wanted a legislative branch run by K Street lobbyists and 25-year-old staffers, mission accomplished.”

Another staffer in the survey was diagnosed with breast cancer in September and was hit with changes in health care coverage in the middle of radiation treatments, according to the report.

“Getting insured through the D.C. exchange is not helpful – my choices are very limited and costs are high,” the staffer said. “As a result, I’ve gone on my husband’s plan. My staff don’t necessarily have that option.”

Of the 163 aides who participated in the survey — which included House and Senate chiefs of staff, House district directors and Senate state directors — 79 percent said it was likely that the health care changes could contribute to staff exits. Fifty-two percent of those who responded worked in a Democratic office, while 48 percent were from GOP offices. The response rate for the survey was 15 percent.

“When you freeze salaries, eliminate bonuses and change their health care benefits, it’s folly to think that it’s not going to have an impact on the workforce,” said Bradford Fitch, the president and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation.

Unless they work in a leadership or committee office, congressional staffers must enroll in the Obamacare exchange. But some offices voluntarily left their federal health benefits program. An example is House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who required all of her aides to enroll under Obamacare although her leadership aides could have kept their existing plans.

The matter of Obamacare benefits for lawmakers and staff has been a political football on Capitol Hill, particularly as Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) loudly pressed for months to get rid of those generous contributions.

And the issue is going to court – Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is now suing the Office of Personnel Management over its decision to allow the federal government to continue providing contributions to health care plans for lawmakers and aides.

“The move by some members to eliminate the employer contribution has also not been well-received,” one staffer said in the Congressional Management Foundation survey. “Everyone felt as if we were pawns in this political argument.”


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: 113th; 2014midterms; aca

1 posted on 01/14/2014 9:56:27 AM PST by dennisw
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To: dennisw

Quit and do what?


2 posted on 01/14/2014 9:57:09 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: dennisw

This is the same Congressional staff that Obama gave an exemption to. I guess this exemption wasn’t good enough. How well do these staffers “skills” translate into success in the dreaded private sector aka the real world??? lol lol

They should quit and find out


3 posted on 01/14/2014 9:57:34 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Quit and do what? >>>>>>>

First thing that occurred to me too.

Live in mothers basement?? Flip burgers at a place worse than Burger King?


4 posted on 01/14/2014 9:59:05 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: dennisw

Live with it. We have to..................or are your pigs more equal than us?................


5 posted on 01/14/2014 9:59:34 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: dennisw

Quit and do what? >>>>>>>

Be a Internet celebrity.................

6 posted on 01/14/2014 10:01:09 AM PST by Red Badger (Proud member of the Zeta Omicron Tau Fraternity since 2004...................)
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To: dennisw

So.


7 posted on 01/14/2014 10:01:24 AM PST by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Quit and do what?

Don't kid yourself. These are folks with direct access to DC power and they will be welcomed at lobbying outfits, law firms, hedge funds, etc.

8 posted on 01/14/2014 10:03:18 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: dennisw

Half of the staffers were cheering loudly about passing the the new ACA when not making fun of Republicans. You said they wanted people to die from lack of health care.


9 posted on 01/14/2014 10:03:55 AM PST by listenhillary (Courts, law enforcement, roads and national defense should be the extent of government)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Quit and do what?

Maybe the mob is hiring....


10 posted on 01/14/2014 10:04:42 AM PST by Iron Munro (Orwell: There are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe them.)
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To: dennisw
This is good news and bad news.

The good news is that the multitude of problems that will hit everyone eventually are evident more quickly to lawmakers, because their staff will complain directly to them.

The bad news??? The only way they will remedy this is to fix it for themselves and their elite staff

11 posted on 01/14/2014 10:07:43 AM PST by Mygirlsmom (Washington: "I cannot tell a lie". Obama: "I cannot tell.....I lie")
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Starbucks?


12 posted on 01/14/2014 10:08:17 AM PST by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

“Quit and do what?”

Bwhahaha. Welcome to our world. They wouldn’t last a day.


13 posted on 01/14/2014 10:17:13 AM PST by DaxtonBrown (http://www.futurnamics.com/reid.php)
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To: nascarnation
Don't kid yourself. These are folks with direct access to DC power and they will be welcomed at lobbying outfits, law firms, hedge funds, etc.

Not at all unusual for people to go to DC to work for a few years to get their tickets punched.

But then they leave.

We're talking the career Washington drones, who outnumber the power players. The few times I've needed to contact my elected representatives, their staff members have been worthless. They often barely speak English. I wouldn't hire these people to mow my lawn. I'm certain no lobbying firm or hedge fund is going to hire them, either.

14 posted on 01/14/2014 10:18:57 AM PST by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: dennisw
And these staffers warn us about a potential "brain drain" from their departures?


15 posted on 01/14/2014 10:24:56 AM PST by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: dennisw

Let ‘em quit. We’d all be better off for it.


16 posted on 01/14/2014 10:28:41 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: dennisw

They don’t have to quit and find out, and don’t feel sorry for them. As someone who had forty odd years in Washington I can assure you that they will not be hungry.


17 posted on 01/14/2014 10:31:38 AM PST by billhilly (Has Pelosi read it yet?)
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To: nascarnation

Exactly. The low end of departing Hill staffers’ salaries as they enter the wonderful world of lobbying is more than the Representatives/Senators they worked for.


18 posted on 01/14/2014 10:40:59 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: Night Hides Not

And these staffers warn us about a potential “brain drain” from their departures? >>>>>>>>>>

That senile old nanny stater Nancy Pelosi came out with the “brain drain” comments. That Congress Critters would lose their brainiac staffers if the staffers didn’t get an 0Kare exemption. And they got one one day when Obungu the jug eared personally trod up to Capitol Hill and ordered that it be done by the>>>> Office of Personnel Management

(from internet)
So the in August Office of Personnel Management proposed a rule that would continue the existing payment scheme. In other words, lawmakers and their staffs would keep getting the same subsidy as before, while having to shop for their own coverage.


19 posted on 01/14/2014 10:53:30 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: dennisw
“When you freeze salaries, eliminate bonuses and change their health care benefits, it’s folly to think that it’s not going to have an impact on the workforce,” said Bradford Fitch, the president and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation.

Welcome to the Party, Pal! One big difference. Most of America's working stiffs wages weren't froze. They were AXED! Next up, Mandatory NeroCare will Huge Co-pays and Deductables. Cry me a River.

You sleep with the sluts, you break out with Herpies!

20 posted on 01/14/2014 11:09:58 AM PST by VRWCarea51
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To: dennisw
B T T T ! ! ! ©

21 posted on 01/14/2014 11:24:28 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: dennisw

So quit; but don’t expect your sky high benefits and perks. We ain’t paying for them. Besides, they won’t quit. What they say in public is not what they do in private.


22 posted on 01/14/2014 11:40:15 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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