Lawmakers, aides may exit Congress over potential higher premiums under ObamaCare

Posted by: ST on June 13, 2013 at 5:42 pm

I swear, you cannot make this stuff up (hat tip):

Dozens of lawmakers and aides are so afraid that their health insurance premiums will skyrocket next year thanks to Obamacare that they are thinking about retiring early or just quitting.

The fear: Government-subsidized premiums will disappear at the end of the year under a provision in the health care law that nudges aides and lawmakers onto the government health care exchanges, which could make their benefits exorbitantly expensive.

Democratic and Republican leaders are taking the issue seriously, but first they need more specifics from the Office of Personnel Management on how the new rule should take effect — a decision that Capitol Hill sources expect by fall, at the latest. The administration has clammed up in advance of a ruling, sources on both sides of the aisle said.

If the issue isn’t resolved, and massive numbers of lawmakers and aides bolt, many on Capitol Hill fear it could lead to a brain drain just as Congress tackles a slew of weighty issues — like fights over the Tax Code and immigration reform.

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.

Rep. John Larson, a Connecticut Democrat in leadership when the law passed, said he thinks the problem will be resolved.

“If not, I think we should begin an immediate amicus brief to say, ‘Listen this is simply not fair to these employees,’” Larson told POLITICO. “They are federal employees.”

Wow. Incredible! Get what Larson is saying? Federal employees should be exempt from the higher premiums that will come as a result of the passage and soon-full implementation of ObamaCare. The rest of us? Tough sh*t.

For anyone hiding under a rock who can’t figure out why Congressional confidence ratings are at an all time low, crap sandwiches like what Rep. Larson and other proponents of ObamaCare fed and continue to shove down our throats  should give you your first clue.

Success or failure

ObamaCare proponents, exit left.

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7 Responses to “Lawmakers, aides may exit Congress over potential higher premiums under ObamaCare”


  1. Tango says:

    …so, the self anointed ‘best and brightest’ are threatening to quit their cushy taxpayer funded jobs? Let them. They can join up with the masses of unemployed around the nation. Hey, at this point what’s a few more people on food stamps?

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    If that is all it takes to get these self-indulgent jackwads to quit then they were not worth having in a position of leadership in the first place. The health care bill was passed without a single Republican vote by such fraudulent trade-offs as the “Cornhusker Kickback” and “Louisiana Purchase”, a mere confection dipped in molasses.

    When, not if, they quit they will join the same dependency class at whom they have made a career of looking down their noses. Is it any wonder Congress’ approval rating is down near that of Bubonic plague?

  3. Carlos says:

    From all the crap sandwiches we’ve been fed the last few decades, it seems to me a “brain drain” might be the best thing for the nation. Especially if the “brain drain” includes such mental giants as Nazi Pelousy, DiFi, Patty Murray, Chucky Cheezy (Don’t get Between Me And A Camera) Schumer, Dingy Harry, and a slew of other socialists who consider all money and all land the government’s and they are gracious enough to let us have the use of just a little of it (provided you contribute to their campaigns.

    A few Repubs could make the list, too, headlined by John-John (Don’t Confuse Me With Being A Democrap, Although I Am One) McCain, (I Can’t Stop Crying) Boehner (Unless I’m Threatening My Own Members), and Lindsay Grahamnesty.

  4. Brontefan says:

    If elected officials and government employees had to follow the same laws as the rest of us… there would be fewer 3,000-page bills passed without being read. It’s time to recognize that these people are actually working for us… and if they don’t like the Affordable Health Care Reform Act–that is neither affordable nor reform–then, let them desert. It’s my opinion we need to CLEAN house in DC …in more ways than one!

  5. Carlos says:

    How does one clean the pit under an outhouse, Brontefan, and leave it without the smell of its former occupancy?

    I live in a deep blue state, just north of CA, and we get the overflow of idiots from there who are fleeing the insanity. Unfortunately, they then turn around and vote for the exact same policies they have destroyed California with, so not only do we get the stench of California as it has become, we get the coming stench of California-to-be. There’s no fixing stupid, especially when “stupid” is politics.

  6. Steph says:

    @Carlos: I just love your comments and especially enjoy the names you come up with for our so-called legislators. Yeah, they are “so-called” because they wouldn’t know a legitimate, constitutional law if it was a snake. I agree: let them quit or retire. Maybe, just maybe, Congress and the Senate will realize just what cr*p O’care really is. And, for the record, ALL of those sitting at Capitol Hill should be insured by O’care.

  7. Carlos says:

    It’s also remarkable that the vast majority think that the turkey known as O’Care actually effects the basic costs of health care, and conservatives have bought into it.

    NO!!! A thousand times, NO!!!

    It has increased the cost of individual policies because of what is mandated to be covered, but the cost per what is covered remains what it has been, adjusted for inflation.

    What does change is who is paying for the enormous additional costs caused by additional mandated coverages, and that’s going to be anyone who pays taxes. The fools that believe costs per will change otherwise deserve what they get, especially the fools who voted for the bill in Congress and the fools who voted for them to begin with.

    Those of us who understand it have been saddled with the ethereal cloudiness of such thinking and voting, and will be paying your price, too. Just one of the prices for allowing socialists, Democrap and Rethuglican, to run the country.