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.