Put Congress on Obamacare

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There are rumors circulating that our U.S. representatives and senators are discussing possible exemption for themselves and their staffers from the health exchanges that will be offered to federal employees by the Affordable Care Act. This kerfuffle, fueled by numerous press releases, including an editorial piece in the Aug. 5 Wall Street Journal, suggests that Capitol Hill officeholders believe that what will be good enough for most Americans will not be good enough for them or their entourages.

Whether or not such an exemption occurs, one must remember with bitter irony U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s 2010 remark during the original health-care legislation: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it.” Well, Ms. Pelosi, what is in the bill, which those who voted for it should have known in advance, may now come back justifiably to haunt them.

What is most disturbing about the current discussions, involving both parties, is the notion that public servants should be a granted a health-care privilege unavailable to private citizens who, in good faith, elected these 535 individuals. If Americans ever had a time to question the character and conviction of those in Congress, that time is certainly now.

As one who has voted for candidates of both parties over the past five decades, I am deeply disturbed by the present disconnect between our elected officials and their constituents. Between now and November 2014, knowing that the other shoe of Obamacare will not drop until after the election is over, we should ask those seeking re-election to embrace willingly the same health insurance issues that many Americans will face.

If they cannot or will not do this, then sentient Americans can do them a big favor: Return these legislators to private life to live it like the rest of us.

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lovingthesouth72
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lovingthesouth72 09/03/13 - 08:36 am
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better yet

Better yet, just don't put anyone on Obamacare. It is the worst idea for socialized medicine ever yet to be created. NO to OBAMACARE!!

allhans
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allhans 09/03/13 - 10:22 am
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Congress is not being

Congress is not being exempted as I understand it. They found AFTER the law passed that they would have to pay the same premiums as you and I and they went into a frenzy. Now the government will pay 70% of their premiums, this will not change the policy but they will get it a much lower price than the average taxpaying joe. I would guess that the ultra wealthy Pelosi, Reid and their comrades cannot afford to pay the going rate.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/03/13 - 12:18 pm
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Well Congress is mandated by

Well Congress is mandated by law to adhere to Obamacare-so there are no exemptions. Yes these crazy lies that people pass about Congress and Obamacare are no less lies than Obama saying Rep don't want 45 million people insured. So politicians are liars-what's new? Yes they will have to join the exchanges and the govt will pay 70% as before. But the problem is this is not before-all the players of Obamacare , like our youth, have to participate for it to work. So Congress needs to put their direct dollars into the Obamacare and not govt subsidizes by the tax payer-now we pay their income via taxes already but that is covered, but they need to pay for the health care directly from their salary. Seems a fair compromise. Why should they get all these perks? This reminds me of the lie that Rep are racist woman haters. It is getting ridiculous. Like Dems are baby killers-ridiculous.
Obamacare is suppose to work where everyone pays the same, regardless of condition, so now Congress is exempt from paying the same as all other players-not exempt from obeying the law.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/03/13 - 02:45 pm
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Yes subsidies are for those

Yes subsidies are for those "eligible" which means impoverished-not Congress. I don't refute subsidies for the poor. I think the idea is the poor will pay the same as rich just subsidized. I was referring to folks who have existing conditions won't pay more than others is my understanding. The young will pay more to subsidize the older however. I love the political shenanigans and drama-this time a Rep, but Dems equally guilty of such nonsense. Until Congress can get on the same planet Obamacare will languish because of divisive politics. Promises to make changes in past negotiations is no longer acceptable with a history of ignoring to make promised changes. Neither side has a "good faith" attitude anymore.

chascushman
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chascushman 09/03/13 - 04:42 pm
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"I'm sorry EEF but this IS an
Unpublished

"I'm sorry EEF but this IS an exemption in every sense."
The free loaders in congress and the FREE LOADERS THAT VOTE FOR THEM WIN AGAIN.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/03/13 - 05:09 pm
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Progressives are such

Progressives are such spin-meisters-lots of semantic games.

carcraft
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carcraft 09/03/13 - 06:42 pm
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The way I view it EEL is

The way I view it EEL is about 1/2 right. Members of Congress will have to register BUT they will maintain their current insurance with the same level of coverage and won't be taxed on it. It is sort of like registering for the selective service, it is required but signifies little!

Darby
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Darby 09/04/13 - 03:16 pm
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"Yes, Congress is exempt from paying for

their insurance now, but THEY HAVE AWAYS BEEN!"

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And that's a good thing because....????

corgimom
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corgimom 09/05/13 - 08:51 am
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Members of Congress are

Members of Congress are Federal employees and have appropriate group plans available to them, just as all Federal employees do.

They pay 1/3 of the costs, just like many employer-sponsored health plans.

This is a non-story.

corgimom
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corgimom 09/05/13 - 08:54 am
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"Wyden and other members of

"Wyden and other members of Congress use the same health care program as every other federal employee, whether that employee works as a Forest Service manager in the Deschutes National Forest, as a meteorologist for NOAA in Hawaii, or as a janitor in the Bureau of Engraving in D.C.

The program covers 8.5 million employees and family members. Federal workers pay part of the cost for their health care. And like employees across America, they've seen those costs go up each year....

Wyden, for example, has selected the more generous of two Blue Cross Blue Shield offerings for himself and his family. The plan costs Wyden $4,279 this year with a $20 co-pay for most doctor visits."

And isn't it really silly to expect the Federal government to tax itself, so that it can take money from the Treasury, to pay back to the Treasury?

Why would anybody think that's a logical idea?

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