Democrats Over Age 55 Shocked to Realize They Will Pay 300% – 400% More for Insurance Under Obamacare

obamacare-suppositories[1]By: J. D. Heyes

Older Democratic staffers on Capitol Hill likely supported their bosses’  decisions to back the president on Obamacare because they, like tens of millions  of others, believed all of Obama’s BS promises about the law.

Well, they  too are finding out, like the rest of us, that what was promised and what is  reality regarding Obamacare are two completely different things.

Take the  price of plans, for instance. Obama promised repeatedly that not only could  Americans keep their plans but he would “work with employers” to reduce the  annual cost of premiums “by $2,500.”

Yeah, that’s not happening either,  as these older Dem staffers are now finding out.

According to Politico:

Veteran House Democratic aides are sick over the  insurance prices they’ll pay under Obamacare, and they’re scrambling to find a  cure.

“In a shock to the system, the older staff in my office (folks over  59) have now found out their personal health insurance costs (even with the  government contribution) have gone up 3-4 times what they were paying before,”  Minh Ta, chief of staff to Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), wrote to fellow Democratic  chiefs of staff in an email message obtained by POLITICO. “Simply  unacceptable.”

I wonder if Ta finds it “simply unacceptable” for the  rest of us to pay higher premiums as well. Don’t you just love the entitlement  mentality of the ruling class?

‘Can we put them back in the subsidized  category?’

In the email, Ta said that older congressional staffers  may just to leave their jobs because of the dramatic price increase of health  insurance. After tens of millions of Americans lose their current plans because  of Obamacare, I can’t  see them caring much about what happens to anyone on Capitol  Hill.

Under provisions of Obamacare, as well as federal regulations, a  number of congressional staffers – those designated as “official” aides – were  forced out of the old, heavily (taxpayer) subsidized Federal Employees Health  Benefits program and into D.C.’s Obamacare health insurance  exchange. Others who were designated “unofficial” were permitted to remain in  the FEHB program.

“Managers had to choose whether aides were ‘official’  or ‘unofficial’ by Oct. 31, and Ta said that wasn’t enough time to make an  informed decision about who would benefit and who would lose out by going into  the new system,” Politico reported.

In a bid to be too clever by  half, Moore was one who designated all her staff as “official,” thereby pushing  them into the exchanges. Turns out, that’s a huge problem for older staffers  who, unlike the rest of America, were not used to paying higher premiums on  account of their age.

Call this a “Congress meets the real world”  moment.

That’s because age is one of those factors that insurance  companies are still “allowed” to use to adjust rates under the provisions of  Obamacare. And older people, who are more at risk, tend to pay higher prices  than younger Americans.


‘So far the answer is  no’

More from Politico:

For instance, the premiums  for gold-level Aetna HMO plans in D.C. cost an average of $684.40 per month for  a 55-year-old. A similar plan would cost an average of $287.11 for a  27-year-old. The gold-level CareFirst HMO plans have an average premium of  $573.07 for a 55-year-old – more than double the $240.41 average for  27-year-olds. That’s before the federal employee contribution toward the  premium.

Ta told Politico that “employees are not dissatisfied  with the Affordable Care Act” (they are Democratic staffers – what else  would he say? “It’s Bush’s fault?”) and that some of the younger staffers were  seeing premiums fall. But he added that congressional aides are not treated the  same as other federal employees, and he is simply trying to get them the best  deal possible.

In his email, Ta asked Democratic staff on the House  Administration Committee if his boss could redesignate some of her aides as  nonofficial office staff, so they could get out of the exchanges and back into  an FEHB plan.

“So far the answer is no, and that we have the opportunity  next year to redesignate staff,” Ta wrote. “I am asking for a solution now  though because I will lose staff in my office because of this snafu and I  mentioned to payroll and [the] House Admin[istration Committee] that it was  unfair for our offices to make this designation without allowing our staff the  ability [to] actually go on the DCshop to compare rates. I would have made a  different decision on the designation of my older staff.”

You know what  else is “unfair?” Saddling the American people with this horrible law while  doing everything they can in D.C. to exempt themselves.



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