Hill Confirms Obamacare "Exemption" for Staffers
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  • wigwag

    “So congressional staffers will still be forced onto the health insurance exchanges, but they will get a subsidy much higher than average Americans in a similar situation would get.” (Walter Russell Mead)

    Wrong again. They will get a subsidy far larger than uninsured Americans will get but their subsidy will be very similar to the subsidy that average Americans with employer-provided health insurance will get.

    One of the major purposes of Obamacare was to fix the market for insurance obtained by individuals outside of a group setting (typically, employer provided insurance). Obamacare did that; imperfectly to be sure but still far better than the previous system).

    Like most Americans with insurance provided by private or public employers Congressional aids received non-taxed premium coverage provided by their employer before Obamacare took effect and like most Americans they will receive non-taxed premium coverage provided by their employer after Obamacare goes into effect.

    Is Via Meadia really incapable of understanding this or is it so desperate to criticize Obamacare that it will make any claim no matter how deceptive?
    Don’t bother responding; the answer is obvious.

    • Daniel Kennelly

      Wigwag, you say: “They will get a subsidy far larger than uninsured Americans will get but their subsidy will be very similar to the subsidy that average Americans with employer-provided health insurance will get.”

      As a result of their hours being cut below the full-time threshold or for one of several other reasons, lots and lots of people are about to *lose* their employer-provided health insurance and be forced onto the exchanges, sans generous employer subsidy, as a result of the ACA. These are the “average Americans in a similar situation” to which the post refers. And they most certainly will not be getting a subsidy as generous as that which will be provided to Congressional staffers at the lower end of the totem pole.

  • jsulz

    FWIW, the original Grassley amendment quite clearly stated that congressional employees would continue to get an employer contribution, but it would be used to buy coverage through the Obamacare exchange (which is what OPM has just decided). Reid messed it up with ambiguous language when he brought the bill to the floor. Good background here: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2013/08/congress-in-the-obamacare-trap-no-easy-escape.

    It would actually be kind of ironic if, in an effort to prove that it’s not getting special treatment, Congress exempted itself from Obamacare’s requirement for large employers to either contribute to their employees’ health insurance or pay a penalty tax.

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