What about the rest of us?

Congress skips out on Obamacare - and its constituents

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Some worry that our country is lurching toward socialism or even communism.

But maybe feudalism should be a concern too.

The country’s ruling elite, it appears, have put themselves above the American people once again like so many feudal lords – and in perhaps the most astonishingly arrogant and dismissive way ever: by exempting themselves from the “Affordable Care Act” that most of us will be subjects to.

Um, we meant “subject” to. Slip of the keyboard.

“ObamaCare for thee, little peons, but not for the majestic aristocracy of Congress and their loyal courtiers!” writes columnist John Hayward.

“To adapt H.L. Mencken,” adds The Wall Street Journal, “nobody ever went broke underestimating the cynicism and self-dealing of the American political class. Witness their ad-libbed decision, at the 11th hour and on the basis of no legal authority, to create a special exemption for themselves from the ObamaCare health coverage that everybody else is mandated to buy.”

Indeed, with the spotlight squarely on Congress during its Obamacare debates, lawmakers in 2009 were forced to impose Obamacare on themselves and their staffs while imposing it on the rest of us. But this week, with Americans’ attention turned elsewhere, the Obama administration gave a frantic Congress a waiver from Obamacare.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi was said to be worried about the “collateral damage” that forcing Obamacare on Congress would’ve had. Congressional staff, you see, might have found the law’s consequences so onerous that they might have left Capitol Hill.

Without the waiver, members of Congress and their staff could each face stunning increases in their health-care premiums. The waiver means they will still receive generous federal health care subsidies the rest of us do not.

Question: If they worry that Obamacare will hurt members of Congress that much, what about the rest of us?

A report this past week said health insurance premiums across the country could rise 100 percent to 400 percent because of Obamacare.

The federal law is leading to other apparently unintended consequences, including cuts in workers’ hours and income.

The Chronicle received an email this past week from a college instructor who said his employer was cutting back on adjunct instructors’ hours to avoid massive fines under Obamacare. The change, the instructor told us, will cost him nearly $16,000 a year.

It will also obviously make him less available for teaching, meaning a net loss in education.

In truth, we have only seen the tip of the Obamacare iceberg and all the damage it will work.

Yet, our feudal lords in Washington are holding themselves harmless above it all.

In fact, things may only get better for them: The Wall Street Journal notes that current federal subsidies cover 75 percent of congressional health care premiums; but premiums under the Obamacare exchanges may be higher – so the cost to cover 75 percent of the premiums may be higher than they are now.

“In any case,” the Journal writes, “the carve-out for Congress creates a two-tier exchange system, one for the great unwashed and another for the politically connected.”

How much more are we vassals expected to swallow?

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shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 08/14/13 - 02:49 am
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Great editorial ACES!!!

I've been saying the same thing almost word for word!
I've also been saying if Congress can opt out of Obamacare then we the people should do the same thing.
I've already said I refuse to participate in this ridiculous health care reform.
If enough US citizens like myself would "JUST SAY NO" to Obamacare what is the government going to do? Put us all in jail? Let them fine us all they want. I for one will never pay a fine and they can do anything they want to me. Take away everything I own and give it to someone on welfare but I still am taking a stand.
If enough of us REFUSE then maybe Washington will listen.
I urge everyone to vote out these parasites posing as people representing us!

KSL
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KSL 08/14/13 - 04:23 am
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Illegal president

http://www.wnd.com/2013/08/congressman-we-could-impeach-obama/

Face it more is coming out. He stole his elections one way or another.

soldout
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soldout 08/14/13 - 04:47 am
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without God

Keep electing Godless people and this is what you get. You get people who are accountable to no one and serve only self. If a helpless unborn baby can't trust a leader to care for them do you think those leaders care about you? These leaders are controlled by a spirit of death that kills the unborn and promotes life choices that produce no life and that same spirit directs their attitude toward you.

carcraft
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carcraft 08/14/13 - 05:39 am
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WELL THEIR HEARTS

Well the poor dears simply could not deal with the truth of Obama's lies! No they could not keep the same health care like Obama promised, so that was a lie Obama repeatedly told. Yes their poor little premiums were going to keep going up, and oh my goodness they simply could not afford it. No Obama care is not cutting the cost of health care it is increasing it, another Obama lie! Please enjoy your expensive vacation, well just keep toiling to insure the ruling class lives well!

KSL
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KSL 08/14/13 - 06:08 am
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Be scared, be very scared!

http://freebeacon.com/another-obamacare-setback-consumer-cost-limit-dela...

Now 2 provisions have been delayed until after the election. Read about the out of pocket costs people with some insurance plans may be facing.

Oh, and Harry Reid has recently admitted that private insurance companies will diappear. But then that was the plan all along. Was Obama lying when he said the goal was for a single payer, or was he lying when he said we could keep our insurance if we liked it? Ask Harry.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 08/14/13 - 06:08 am
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nonsense

The basic requirement of the law is that most people who can afford to do so should purchase health insurance at their own expense. In that sense, there is no such thing as switching to Obamacare. Medicare, Tricare, and Medicaid are government insurance programs, while Obamacare is not. Most of us who have group insurance (like, I assume, most of the Augusta Chronicle's employees) will keep that insurance, although the terms of that insurance will, in most cases, improve substantially. Only people who don't have group insurance will need to go to the health care exchanges, where they can compare and contrast prices of private health plans more easily. These people will not be purchasing government insurance. There is no reason, except attempts by certain congressmen to sabotage the law, that Congress shouldn't keep its group insurance plan, just as the authors of this editorial will probably keep their group insurance. I submit that the most basic research into the law's contents and provisions would have prevented the ACES from writing this editorial. In a larger sense, what is going on here is that the Affordable Health Care Act is basically sound, market-based, and useful. Unable to find real objections to the law, its opponents, on whose motives I refuse to speculate, fabricate unfounded accusations and foment misunderstandings.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 08/14/13 - 06:18 am
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Rhetor....you are forgetting
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Rhetor....you are forgetting that there will be NO VERIFICATION of eligibility....therefore rampant fraud.

KSL
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KSL 08/14/13 - 06:24 am
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Rhetor

If it is sound, why delay the full implementation until after elections? If it is sound, why are people going from full time to part time? If it is so sound , why are unions, Congress, etc asking to be exempted? Seriously, I want you to explain.

KSL
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KSL 08/14/13 - 06:34 am
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Good point

If I say I qualify for a subsidy, then I must. Reminds me of No Doc home loans that helped tank the economy.

Oh w as it, that was Bush who did that, despite the fact that the Conservatives gave early warning before Congressional committees that the meltdown was inevitable.

KSL
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KSL 08/14/13 - 06:36 am
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HA

Fraud is one of the Democrats best friends.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/14/13 - 06:38 am
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We have always had a king, his court, sheriff, jesters & surfs.
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We have always had a king, his court, sheriff, jesters & surfs.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/14/13 - 06:39 am
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America was and always, the home of the "new kingdom". READ
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America was and always, the home of the "new kingdom". READ

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/14/13 - 06:40 am
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A new British Throne away from the bickering Europeans.
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A new British Throne away from the bickering Europeans.

KSL
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KSL 08/14/13 - 07:36 am
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Fraud in voting, fraud in

Fraud in voting, fraud in food stamps, fraud in disability claims, even fraud in big and small buisness, except they like to claiim that is a Republican thing, completely ignoring that huge Wall Street corporations often support Dem candidates.

KSL
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KSL 08/14/13 - 07:44 am
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Oh, and fraud with affirmative action benies from the giverment

But the head of the private business when going after giverment contracts is in the name of a female iin the organization or family, or in the name of another minority. The feds foster nothing but fraud with their arbitrary rules.

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Bizkit 08/14/13 - 08:03 am
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OMG the issue ism the

OMG the issue is the President is,once again,over riding a congressional mandate. Obama doesn't have the authority to offset the exchanges. Nor exempt Congress after they voted to receive it.I guess. Congressional laws mean nothing why should any of us obey them? Fomenting ignorance. So I gather any laws the Obama doesn't like he can now unilaterally change? Hey there is a word for that.

Gary Ross
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Gary Ross 08/14/13 - 08:02 am
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At some point...

At some point in the near future, the takers are going to outnumber the givers. Washington knows this, yet they continue. Don't blame obama. We all know what he's all about and what his agenda is. Blame Congress for allowing that mad man to continue to destroy this great country.

Bodhisattva
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Bodhisattva 08/14/13 - 08:07 am
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Post the email.

Post the email.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 08/14/13 - 08:09 am
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I'm certainly glad
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to know that rhetor has read and understands the entire mandate. What it basically says is that the "white cracker" is going to carry the brunt of the cost of obamacare to subsidize the 11,000,000 to 20,000,000 illegal aliens and the negro community. How's that in a nutshell, rhetor? Care for some cookies and milk?

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seenitB4 08/14/13 - 08:36 am
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We are such fools

It is not good enough for Congress but forced on us...give me a break...we have to do something with laws that congress can exempt...when will we have the backbone to act!!

KSL
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KSL 08/14/13 - 08:38 am
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Do What, bod?

Do What, bod?

allhans
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allhans 08/14/13 - 08:38 am
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I saw where an appointed

I saw where an appointed panel is now setting base rates for insurance companies to follow.(To be published by October.) How utterly silly.

Of course as KSL says, the intent is to do away with private insurance companies...

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 08/14/13 - 09:04 am
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RHETOR

There is none so BLIND ! You state "I assume, most of the Augusta Chronicle's employees) will keep that insurance, although the terms of that insurance will, in most cases, improve substantially. What will the Augusta Chronicle do when their premiums increase by thousands due to these "substantial improvements" Liberals like yourself can't seem to get it through your mind that NOTHING is free. I just received a notice from my company insurance company, that due to increase requirements under Obamacare, starting next year my premiums will be increasing substantially.

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corgimom 08/14/13 - 09:07 am
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Why are employers switching

Why are employers switching from full-time to part-time employees?

They have been doing this since the 70's. This is nothing new. And it's not just about health care, they don't want to pay any benefits, like sick pay or vacation. They want to dump as many costs as they can. This is not a vast conspiracy, even though some people want to view it as such. It is a very effective tool to control labor costs and to ensure flexibility and increase profits. And, when I was a businesswoman, working for a corporation, I did it myself, I tried to make as many jobs part-time as I could. It's business, there's nothing nefarious about it.

But there are inherent problems with using part-timers. You have a far higher turnover of employees. They tend to get 2 jobs, so when you say "I need you to work late tonight" they say, "I can't, I have my other job." Part-timers miss out on a lot that goes on in the day-to-day operations of a business, they also aren't as loyal to a company, they don't spend enough time there to solidify those feelings and relationships. They are transient, they aren't staying long, and everybody knows it. They leave as soon as they can find more stable employment. It is exasperating, as an employer, to have a work need come up, something that needs to be done right away during business hours, and your part-time employee left 2 hours ago. It is hard, as an employer, to foster that cameraderie that is necessary to a smooth-running business. It causes a lot of inefficiencies.

I predict that lots of employers will try part-timers, find out that's not what's best for their business, and go back to full-timers. They will be able to get the cream of the crop because the competition will be fierce.

As for why unions and Congress are asking for exemptions- unions are under binding contracts. The new law would contradict those contracts, and what you have are competing laws- contract law and Federal law, and Federal union laws. You can't do that,and again, there is no evil conspiracy.

Congress is exempt already because they already have a group insurance plan. And, as we all know, Congress feathers its own nest first, and they aren't about to make it possible to eliminate their group health plan. That is why they passed the exemption. Covering their future behinds. That has nothing to do with Obama and everything to do with Congress.

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RMSHEFF 08/14/13 - 09:08 am
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Bizkit

Exactly, Obama actually believes he is an Imperial President and will not be encumbered by the rule of law. He is very dangerous because no one is willing to call him one this.

KSL
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KSL 08/14/13 - 09:25 am
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Corgi,

Corgi, have you run a business, or just have been a hired accountant?

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chascushman 08/14/13 - 09:18 am
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"Corgi, guy ave you run a
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"Corgi, guy ave you run a business, or just have been a hired accountant?"
KSL, I would bet 2 to 1 that corgi has never run a business. She is just sticking up for the lying racist commie in the WH and his union buddies.
She did say she lived in CA for awhile.

RMSHEFF
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RMSHEFF 08/14/13 - 09:26 am
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corgimom

Companies will always try to cut cost any way they can. It is a question of survival. Many corporations will be dumping their employees health care and opting to pay the Obamacare penalty. Some labor under the illusion that companies exist to provide for, and serve the employees. This will be a much cheeper option at first but as you well know and Obama, Reid and Pelosi have stated, the ultimate objective is a single payer system. We are all screwed except for the "ruling class".

As for your statement on part timers. You are wrong. I worked for UPS for 32 years and UPS loves part timers. The UPS workforce is over 50% part time. They have developed an idiot proof system that functions well with a very high turnover. High turnover actually helps profits. Very few new hires stay long enough to gain vacation time, sick days or higher pay progression. I can remember the Teamsters Union slogan " Part Time America Won't Work" but Obama is still their best buddy.

KSL
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KSL 08/14/13 - 09:30 am
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Which has been their goal

Which has been their goal all along.

Rhetor
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Rhetor 08/14/13 - 09:41 am
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Wow!

Guys, you are mostly repeating Internet memes, many of which are untrue, and the rest of which are badly distorted. The fact that angry people repeat this nonsense over and over, very loudly, doesn't make it true. Now, to be clear, I don't think that the bloggers, talk radio hosts, and ACES are telling intentional lies. But I suspect that they are very confused. You will notice that, unlike the MSM, neither the AC nor any other right-wing outlet has actually reported and summarized the provisions of the Affordable Health Care Act. Not only have they not reported the actual provisions; they have not even tried to summarize the right wing's fictional parody of the act's provisions. That's partly because, I suspect, few of them know what the law actually says, and partly, I suspect, because the law's actual provisions are not consistent with their angry narrative.
Research is good. Anger is bad. Look around at our lovely CSRA scenery, accept the fact that the world isn't out to get you, and enjoy the day.
Back to the original point, which you all skirted over rather cleverly:
Congress is not and never has been, exempt from any of the law's provisions. Congress is under group insurance, just like most people who have full time jobs. The insurance exchanges from which Congress has exempted itself are only relevant for people who don't have group insurance and who need to buy private insurance on the open market.
Bye for now.

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