Is it any wonder that the American people are fed up with politics? Barack Obama’s approval numbers are terrible, but American’s feelings toward Congress are even worse. So, it shouldn’t be hard to believe that members of Congress (with the help of Obama) are hard at work to make sure that sky-high Obamacare premiums will NOT apply to them.
As reported in the Wall Street Journal, the annual salary of members of Congress and their higher paid aides put them in a category where they won’t qualify for Obamacare subsidies. Thus, the premiums and potential out of pocket expenses for them are about to go up, up, and up. So what are they going to do about it? You guessed it…
The result was a full wig out on Capitol Hill, with Members of both parties fretting about “brain drain” as staff face higher health-care costs. Democrats in particular begged the White House for help, claiming the Reid language (in the Obamacare bill) was merely an unintentional mistake. President Obama told Democrats in a closed-door meeting last week that he would personally moonlight as HR manager and resolve the issue.
And now the White House is suspending the law to create a double standard. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that runs federal benefits will release regulatory details this week, but leaks to the press suggest that Congress will receive extra payments based on the FEHBP defined-contribution formula, which covers about 75% of the cost of the average insurance plan. For 2013, that’s about $4,900 for individuals and $10,000 for families.
As Politico.com writes, “Lawmakers and staff can breathe easy — their health care tab is not going to soar next year.” So, Obama and Congress feel that it’s ok for health care prices to soar… as long as it’s not happening to them. I see.
The Office of Personnel Management, under heavy pressure from Capitol Hill, will issue a ruling that says the government can continue to make a contribution to the health care premiums of members of Congress and their aides, according to several Hill sources.
A White House official confirmed the deal and said the proposed regulations will be issued next week.
This is so outrageous, even MSNBC thinks it’s bad news. Now that’s saying something!
Is it possible to just wipe the slate clean and start over? How about getting some people in office that actually want to serve the public rather than serving themselves?