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Congressmen Flee Capitol Hill Before Obamacare Hits


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.

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  • bpuharic

    Too bad conservatives bolloxed up the US to prevent the middle class from getting what every single other advanced country has. More class warfare, I guess, against the ‘moochers’ who actually make this country run.

    • Nick Bidler

      Every other advanced country even further in debt than we are. The U.S. is hobbling along, the E.U. is becoming a supermassive black hole.

      • bpuharic

        Not quite. Germany’s in much better shape since its social polices don’t attack the middle class like ours do. They have lower unemployment and don’t plunder the producing class (middle class) to enrich the wealthy as the US does

        • Nick Bidler

          They’ve also got a thriving vocational-school system, social and ethnic homogeneity, and used the Euro to leverage their export market into unusually-good market position. As soon as the E.U. breaks up (and I think it will), Germany will have a lot of excess inventory and workers trained in the ‘wrong’ trades.

  • ljgude

    Delicious. I was pretty sure at the time that the ACA was rushed through with little real debate or consideration of the consequences. Evidently these people are the idiots that Will Rogers assured us God made for practice before he made congressmen.

  • mikekelley10

    Actually, Germany has historically had a higher rate of unemployment than the US until the Obama era:

    The “jobless recovery” our media morons blamed on Bush saw rates down around 5.3%, while the new normal under Obama is much higher.

    • bpuharic

      You mean the Bush ‘supply side’ depression? Yes, as Reinhart and Rogoff showed, supply side depression caused by massive wealth transfer to the rich, take years to recover from

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