Last month Politico reported that Congressmen were looking to exempt themselves and their staff from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join under Obamacare. They feared that premiums would be too high for an average Hill staffer on a shoestring salary. Now there’s a new twist in the story: a group Senators, Representatives, and congressional aides are thinking of retiring early or quitting their jobs entirely to avoid the exchanges. Politico:
The problem is far more acute in the House, where lawmakers and aides are generally younger and less wealthy. Sources said several aides have already given lawmakers notice that they’ll be leaving over concerns about Obamacare. Republican and Democratic lawmakers said the chatter about retiring now, to remain on the current health care plan, is constant.
Under current law, the government subsidizes up to 75 percent of aides’ and lawmakers’ premiums. Obamacare, however, will force everyone on the Hill onto the exchanges created by the ACA, under the theory that lawmakers should be subject to their own laws. The fate of the traditional 75 percent federal subsidy level is uncertain on the exchanges, and many believe that if they leave now before the transition takes place, they can grandfather in the health care plan they are currently on. The result of all these factors coming together is that pols and their staffs are considering fleeing the Hill to avoid accountability.
Remember, these are the people who passed this law. The fact that they’re already running for the exits doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in a smooth rollout.