Senators and Congressmen want an exemption from Obamacare

What is it Obamacare that Senators and Congressmen don't want it to apply to them?  One thing is clear that neither Democratic nor Republican politicians in Washington want the new regulations to apply to them.  Well, guess what?  Apparently Democrats have discovered that Obamacare will be very expensive.  From Politico:
Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, sources in both parties said. 
The talks — which involve Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Obama administration and other top lawmakers — are extraordinarily sensitive, with both sides acutely aware of the potential for political fallout from giving carve-outs from the hugely controversial law to 535 lawmakers and thousands of their aides. Discussions have stretched out for months, sources said. . . . 
There is concern in some quarters that the provision requiring lawmakers and staffers to join the exchanges, if it isn’t revised, could lead to a “brain drain” on Capitol Hill, as several sources close to the talks put it. 
The problem stems from whether members and aides set to enter the exchanges would have their health insurance premiums subsidized by their employer — in this case, the federal government. If not, aides and lawmakers in both parties fear that staffers — especially low-paid junior aides — could be hit with thousands of dollars in new health care costs, prompting them to seek jobs elsewhere. Older, more senior staffers could also retire or jump to the private sector rather than face a big financial penalty. . . . 



Blogger Ian Random said...

How could we tell is there is a brain drain? I mean how much worse could it get? If I'm financially hurting due to BO care, then they should suffer too. Hell, if it was up to me, supporters of BO care should have to pay a 100% tax on any healthcare paid for outside of it.

3/31/2014 2:01 PM  

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