If You Like Your Healthcare, You Can Keep It — If You’re A Congressional Staffer

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Under rules created in the wake of Obamacare’s creation, Congressional staffers are supposed to get their health insurance through Washington, D.C.’s, health insurance exchange.

But, of course, the political class has established that rules don’t apply to it. Obamacare isn’t good enough for them. Obamacare, also known as the (un)Affordable Healthcare Act, is only for the mundanes.

Thanks to “guidance” from the chief administrative officer of the House, lawmakers can designate their staffers as “not official.” Making that declaration exempts their staffers from Obamacare and allows them to keep their current health insurance under the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program.

To their credit, some House members believe such a move is “too cute.” That’s how Representative Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) described it, when saying his staffers will all go to the exchange.

Likewise, Rob Andrews (D-N.J.), who said, “Most members are going to opt to have their employees go to the exchanges — that’s the best reading of the rule. You’re either official or you’re not. I just don’t think many members are going to opt for this official status.”

Most, not all. Take Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), for instance, who says he’ll declare his entire staff “not official.” That will allow them to keep their current Cadillac insurance plan under the FEHBP.

That’s a choice Americans can no longer make. Across the country, millions of Americans — 14 million by some estimates — are receiving cancellation notices because their policies don’t comply with Obamacare’s one-size-fits-all collectivist nonsense. Their premiums are skyrocketing and their out-of-pocket costs are unreasonable and unaffordable. But Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius stated Wednesday that everyone needs a policy with maternity and abortion coverage — even middle-aged single men. Welcome to the collective.

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  • Roger

    All laws must apply equally to all people!

  • Roger

    This is the law of the land!

  • Roger

    The Constitution of the United States of America!

  • Roger

    Kathleen Sebelius is a joke:
    MOST 0F THE PEOPLE CALLING FOR MY RESIGNATION AREN’T THE PEOPLE I WORK FOR. I WORK FOR THE GOVERNMENT, I DON’T WORK FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!
    Anyone in government making a statement like this should resign or be fired!
    How can anyone say to the American people that I don’t work for you? How can they have the gall to face the American people after making such a statement?
    Right now every American citizen if they haven’t already should be writing a letter to the president demanding that Kathleen Sebelius be fired immediately!

  • peter

    Sebelius epitomises the Government in stating the obvious: The Government does not work for the American people, they work for the Government. What part of that statement the folks do not understand is beyond me. Talk about a Dictatorship – we have one right now already, but how do we change that train of thought in these mindless, callous so called protectors of our rights, our freedom and our Constitution. Are we being mislead by a group of thugs?

  • pnwdave

    And the socialist nightmare continues.

  • American Citizen

    Any Law Passed With Deception And Lies, Should Be Null And Void!!!!

  • dan

    …with one stroke they have destroyed aproximately 18% of the domestic ecomomy
    (the portion most importent to the middle class and their families) …arguably, the finest healthcare system in the world and the centerpiece for which organized labor batlled for so ;long and hard (benifits)

  • Warrior

    How about if you receive a cancellation notice just send a form letter back to your insurance company stating you’re not accepting their cancellation due to the fact that the PRESIDENT OF THESE UNITED STATES stated you can keep your insurance. Oh, and be sure to c.c. the “occupant” at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C.

    ps, it may not hurt to send a copy to the honorable mr. roberts as well!

  • red neck

    “Now let me be clear”…. Any statement that starts out with this has to be a lie and it is king obama’s favorite saying….. The liar in chief is now trying to walk back his lies with more lies by adding you can ONLY keep your current doctor and insurance IF the government approves….. I have heard that some “republicans” are now trying to pass something that will grandfather current insurance policies so that millions more people will not lose the plan that they have….. The “republicans” need to stay the hell out of this and let millions more of Americans lose their current insurance plans and point their finger dead straight at obama where it belongs…. One other thing….. If the arseholes in Washington think that they are going to get away with forcing all Americans to purchase obama-care and not themselves….. They have something else coming….. These sorry basturds are no better than us and dam them for trying….

  • Al Chemist

    The liberal/progressive/commie/democrat politicians are out in full force blaming the insurance companies for Obama’s lies. That excuse is going to work for a lot of people who hate large companies…and also for low-information voters who bother to look up from texting on their Obama-Phones.

    • red neck

      Nah… remember it is Bush’s fault….

  • Jim B

    This is not my original thought, I stole it from a the WP site, reader GARDENER91 comments on the Charles Krauthammer article ‘Obamacare Laid Bare’, it reads:

    ‘A new law has been passed that requires all landlords to only rent apartments that have nurseries, dens and a third bath. Your landlord sends you a letter informing you he will have to upgrade your apt and raise your rent. With your extra rent he will subsidize your neighbor’s apt rent. You don’t need the nursery, den or third bath, but your neighbor does.’

    Me… You can’t hide socialism so easily, even the serfs can see that they’re going to be screwed with this policy. And guess what, we haven’t even gotten to the doctor shortages, hospitals and care service not accepting OC, McCare (last count 11 of the 18 Major hospitals in the country have decided not to accept OC or McCare any longer). If the health industry and health providers decide not to accept these insurance plans, who is going to treat you, the abortion doctors at Planned Parenthood, matchbook doctors in Mexico, witch doctors and magician healers. The liberal bureaucrats, their media, and the minions of serfs are making a mockery of this country, and millions of lives are at stake. Here’s just a few of the consequences that you haven’t felt yet:

    1. Sticker shock hasn’t even begun to rear its ugly head yet (to date, 236 sign ups, the system needs 7 million to work. Period!
    2. You can’t keep you doctor, you won’t know your doctor, you may never ever even get a doctor. Period!
    3. No doctor, no hospital association, Period! God forbid you ever need a stay at a hospital.
    4. If you do get into a hospital, you will be in a government section of that hospital, you will not be allowed to mix in with paying customers with real insurance coverage. Period!
    5. You will pay dearly for out of pocket co-payments, and your insurance cost will rise faster than any free market insurance you have ever had (you will be sucked into the insurance death spiral). Period!
    6. Your children will suffer the most for your costly Obamacare vote, you will have to live with that. Period!
    7. You, and your children, may never get a job offering more than 29 hours a week ever again, this will keep you in the government system for ever, your position in the new socialist society will be sealed, along with your childrens. Period!
    Good Luck!

  • rb

    I want to know why the FEHBP still exists. Should that not have been eliminated with the new and “better” exchanges? Isn’t the ACA a national plan? Aren’t Federal employees part of the nation?

    • Vis Fac

      No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. In reality, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth. These programs exist to drain the economy provide employment and interfere in the political process to hide what they don’t want the public to know.

      To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf, hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

      You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est
      Semper-Fi

  • Omar

    This law is utter crud

  • hank

    The ELITIST obama does it again !!!!!

  • http://www.rt.com Alondra

    A MUST watch :
    Kathleen Sebelius can’t enroll herself in the insurance exchanges because it’s against the law http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Hmh7skoC-o

  • http://seekingalpha.com/article/1514632 lottopol

    Everyone whose policy was
    “cancelled” has been offered better plans. Should people who like to
    buy cars without any safety features, no seat belts, no airbags, no horn, no
    brake lights etc. be allowed to buy those cars? Safety features add at least
    $1,000 to the cost of a car. Some people might like to buy cars without safety
    features and everyone would like to pay $1,000+ less for a car. However, we do not allow cars to be sold without safety features.

    The 75% of those in the USA who file for bankruptcy because of unpaid medical bills who HAD insurance, probably now would say they wish that those policies with low lifetime caps (now illegal) should not have been allowed to be sold to them.

    “..The USA
    spends about twice as much per person on health care as other developed
    countries. However, the prices paid by Americans or their insurance carriers
    for medical procedures are typically about triple what is paid in other
    developed countries. Hence, Americans consume less health care services than their foreign counterparts. Obamacare does not seriously address the price problem and would thus appear likely to only exacerbate the problem.

    Government spending has been increasingly driven by medical
    care prices. Government pays half of the costs of health care in the USA.
    When the tax spending aspects of the tax deductibility and exclusions of
    medical care and insurance expenses are included, the impact of health care
    costs on the deficits is even larger. In many respects, the health care price
    crisis in uniquely American. Our Government spending on healthcare per capita
    exceeds that of any other country in the world, including those where there is
    very little private health care expenditures,

    Adopting the second worst healthcare system in the world, Canada, Germany
    and the UK are probable the
    best candidates for that dubious honor, would allow the USA to
    eliminate much of the Federal budget deficit. That would probably be beneficial
    to financial markets. See: The Market
    Multiple On The S&P 500 Can Be Explained: P/E Ratios Are Inversely Related
    To Future Federal Spending Being the
    second worst healthcare system after the USA,
    is like being the second worst nuclear accident in the last decade after Fukushima. There probably
    was another nuclear accident where a few people were injured in the last
    decade, but none comes to mind immediately. …”
    http://seekingalpha.com/article/1647632