The problem stems from whether members and aides set to enter the exchanges would have their health insurance premiums subsidized by their employer — in this case, the federal government. If not, aides and lawmakers in both parties fear that staffers — especially low-paid junior aides — could be hit with thousands of dollars in new health care costs, prompting them to seek jobs elsewhere. Older, more senior staffers could also retire or jump to the private sector rather than face a big financial penalty.Concerns that they might have had before they passed the dang thing!.
Plus, lawmakers — especially those with long careers in public service and smaller bank accounts — are also concerned about the hit to their own wallets.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Here is something to infuriate you: Congressional leaders are discussing exempting lawmakers and their aides from Obamacare. They seem to just be considering the impact of the bill on real people.
Posted by Betsy Newmark at 7:03 AM