For Obamacare, Congress exempted themselves from the Affordable Care Act in a deal arranged by President Obama. Shouldn't we re-name the act "The Unaffordable Care Act"?
Remember that trip Obama made to Congress this past
week to meet with Democrats. Now we know the outcome. Congress and their
aids are exempted from The Affordable Care Act.
Fearing a “Brain Drain” due to the increased expense
of health insurance Congress is given an exemption.
Aren’t these the people who wrote The Affordable
Care Act? Maybe we need a “Brain Drain”.
You might be wondering,
“How did Obamacare’s Congress exemption come to be?” While both the business
and individual mandate for Obamacare has been delayed until 2015, much of the
Affordable Care Act is still steaming full ahead, with state exchange signups
beginning this October. As it is now, taxpayers pay for almost 75 percent of
premium payments as part of government employee benefits in Washington DC. But
back when the Affordable Care Act was being written, Senator Chuck Grassley
(R-IA) inserted a clause that says all Congress members, and all government
workers under the Office of Personnel Management, must be covered by healthcare
plans created by Obamacare or through state exchanges. This Obamacare
stipulation would cause the premium payments of all government workers to
skyrocket by thousands of dollars per year, not just members of Congress.
Congress members in both parties fear this will cause a “brain drain” in
Washington DC because they’d be forced to pay everyone more, which is unlikely
under the Federal government’s budget crunch. The more likely scenario is that
they might see an exodus of the most talented people finding better jobs in the
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