You gotta love this ... Congress (and their aides) have finally learned what is in Obamacare! There was an amendment to the law (Kudos to Grassley for this one)
So what has Congress suddenly discovered? That their premiums are going to go through the roof!Lawmakers and aides on both sides of the aisle are acutely aware of the problems with the provision. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) have discussed fixes to the provision. Boehner, according to House GOP sources, believes that Reid must take the lead on crafting a solution. Since Republicans opposed the bill, Boehner does not feel responsible to lead the effort to make changes.
The Affordable Care Act — signed into law in 2010 — contained a provision known as the Grassley Amendment, which said the government can only offer members of Congress and their staff plans that are “created” in the bill or “offered through an exchange” — unless the bill is amended.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/0...#ixzz2W9OFBsYo
Currently, aides and lawmakers receive their health care under the generous Federal Employee Health Benefits Program. The government subsidizes upward of 75 percent of the premiums for the health insurance plans. In 2014, most Capitol Hill aides and lawmakers are expected to be put onto the exchanges, and there has been no guidance whether the government will subsidize those premiums. This is expected to cause a steep spike in health insurance costs.
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.”
Really, Mr. Larson? And what the heck does he think it's going to do to everybody else in the country? Duh?
This goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2014.
For everyone who is in favor of term limits ... Obamacare may be the answer
There is a catch22 though ... if they retire they get to keep their present plan. Dang! Grassley didn't go quite far enough in his amendment.