Obamacare Us And Them; It’s Time To Find A Government Job

Uncle Sam Wants YOU!

Employees on the Federal payroll are currently making it very clear that they have no desire to be part of any government healthcare scheme other than the exclusionary (and enviable by most private-sector standards) Federal Employees Healthcare Benefits Program (FEHBP).

From the marbled halls of Congress to offices operated by the Internal Revenue Service (and anywhere else Federal workers are toiling away), the suggestion that government should need only one bureaucratic healthcare scheme is outrageous. Instead, many Federal workers would insist, the government should continue providing exemplary healthcare to its most loyal subjects — those drawing payroll checks signed by Uncle Sam — and reserve the experience of dredging through the less-appealing options on the Obamacare exchange for the proletariat.

Such was the opinion of members of Congress and their staffs when they discovered (fully illuminating the stupidity of a certain California Democrat’s 2010 proclamation that “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it,” for a group who evidently missed it at the time) that the healthcare law required them to participate in the exchanges.

The Wall Street Journal noted in a recent piece:

[T]he statute means that about 11,000 Members and Congressional staff will lose the generous coverage they now have as part of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP). Instead they will get the lower-quality, low-choice “Medicaid Plus” of the exchanges. The Members—annual salary: $174,000—and their better paid aides also wouldn’t qualify for ObamaCare subsidies. That means they could be exposed to thousands of dollars a year in out-of-pocket insurance costs.

The result was a full wig out on Capitol Hill, with Members of both parties fretting about “brain drain” as staff face higher health-care costs. Democrats in particular begged the White House for help, claiming the Reid language was merely an unintentional mistake. President Obama told Democrats in a closed-door meeting last week that he would personally moonlight as HR manager and resolve the issue.

President Barack Obama stepped in to violate — or, if you’re a Democrat or Congressional employee, “fix a glitch in” — his own mandate by suspending the law long enough to create a double standard.

Congressional employees’ salaries were too high for them to qualify for Obamacare subsidies on the exchange, but the President decided that their political connections were reason enough to give them subsidies that exist for no private-sector worker making $174,000 each year. Those in favor of the change contend that Congressional staffers are government employees, so the government subsidies for government healthcare are simply similar to an employer contribution to a private-sector healthcare plan.

Without the subsidies, staffers and members of Congress who wished to have healthcare coverage nearer the adequate side of the “Medicaid Plus” spectrum would have had to pony up some cash.

In a nutshell, Obamacare sucks so badly that even the people who created it don’t want to gamble having its lower-tier coverage; but the healthcare plan is so expensive that even $174,000 a year isn’t enough to comfortably fit the premium options in the budget.

Other Federal employees are paying attention to what just happened on Capitol Hill, mainly because Representative Dave Camp (R-Mich.) is pushing legislation that would require them to trade in their lavish FEHBP for Obamacare.

But, remember, not all government-run healthcare programs are created equal. The National Treasury Employees Union has drafted a form letter that Federal employees opposed to the idea of suffering Obamacare can send to their local lawmakers.

It whines:

H.R. 1780 would put federal employees in a special class where they would be prohibited from receiving health insurance through their employer. It would treat federal employees differently from state and local government employees and most employees of large private sector companies who receive health insurance benefits through their employer. The primary purpose of the Affordable Care Act was to provide a marketplace for the sale and purchase of health insurance for those who do not have such coverage – not to take coverage away from employees who already receive it through their employers.

I work hard and am proud of the services that I provide to your constituents every day.  One of the main benefits I receive as a federal employee is the ability to purchase health insurance coverage through the FEHBP with an employer contribution towards those benefits.

Considering the political power enjoyed by public sector unions in the United States and the fact that fewer than 3 percent of Federal employees like the idea of being on Obamacare, Camp’s legislation is likely going nowhere in Congress. Even if it does, the precedent set by the members of the political class working in Congress would probably apply.

If you are a member of Congress, an employee of one or a person who is otherwise employed by the Federal government, enjoy your subsidized, top-tier Obamacare and FEHBP.

If you’re not a government employee, but are self-employed, enjoy whichever version of Obamacare you want to shell out cash for — or just pay the penalty incurred for not signing up.

If you’re a small-business owner, you may want to just have a beer and work out a contingency plan.

And if you are one of America’s poor, a member of the trodden-upon group at the heart of Obama’s healthcare benevolence, enjoy a reincarnation of the same sort of inefficient, inhibiting and bureaucratically nonsensical government-handout programs that are familiar to so many who have slipped below the poverty line. You should know by now that political talk of compassion is all a farce and that the good handouts are reserved for the political class.

Personal Liberty

Sam Rolley

Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After covering community news and politics, Rolley took a position at Personal Liberty Media Group where could better hone his focus on his true passions: national politics and liberty issues. In his daily columns and reports, Rolley works to help readers understand which lies are perpetuated by the mainstream media and to stay on top of issues ignored by more conventional media outlets.

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  • native blood

    Another progressive Ponzi scheme that never got started. NEOCONS intend to defund it? Hah! there is NO funding for it. It takes tax collection and with foreign aide and the defense, there is nothing left….nothing! Why are we still talking Immigration?…We can’t afford it! What really needs to be done is to bring tax and tariffs on all goods and services. That will start a return of industry to this country! Then hire Americans citizens first. Move agriculture back to just plain old veggies and dump the GMOs and feed this country again and the diabetes and other ailments will slow down. Who knows, maybe Autism will slim down along with obesity.
    But, ALAS! the very wealthy on both sides would rather have wars and debt! A well populated K street in DC keeps the misery index high and that is a microscopic look at this nation’s problems. Too bad we can’t undo the damage of dumbing down and what 30 million infiltrators have done to the sovereignty of our citizens. Now the military has to pony up countless more dollars to support gay partners and surrogate dependents. Pull out of the middle East and let Israel defend their own oil interests. They have a better shape military than we do and they are sitting on several nukes now!

  • FreedomFighter

    “Congressional employees’ salaries were too high for them to qualify for Obamacare subsidies on the exchange, but the President decided that their political connections were reason enough to give them subsidies that exist for no private-sector worker making $174,000 each year. “
    Just think of all the information leaks that would happen just b4 the 2014 election cycle if the congressional employees became disgruntled finding out they are going to be screwed over by ObamaCare just like everyone else? Democrats would go down in flames of scandle…
    Laus DeoSemper FI

  • 5live5

    I was taught from the earliest time I can remember and indeed it is the law that we have EQUAL protection under the law. This means that if the law is enacted for one group, it is enacted for ALL groups. Therefore if ONE group is forced to enter into the coverage of Obambam care then ALL groups are REQUIRED to enter. No exceptions for aids, congressmen, senators, vice presidents, or presidents!!! If it is good enough for US then it is good enough for THEM!!! I see a suit with the supremes coming real soon just on that basis!

    • jdn

      And who do you think signs the Supremes paycheck and supplies their health care ? Yep , do not expect them to shoot their own foot . The little people will always be looked down on from up high .

    • Robert Messmer

      This isn’t the first law that Congress is/wants to be exempt from. I don’t believe they are in Social Security either.

      • Troy Wilson

        Yes Robert, they are.

  • chocopot

    I have been a federal employee for just shy of 35 years. For many years now I have been reading all over the media about what great health insurance coverage the federal employees have. Where did everyone get this idea? It is not great – it never was and it has been getting worse and worse as each year goes by. And the premiums we are forced to pay have gone up at an outrageous rate. In fact, the coverage is so bad that when my wife became eligible for coverage from the hospital where she works 20 years ago, I dropped my coverage and went under hers. I would never go back to the coverage offered to federal employees because it stinks.

    • 5live5

      choco, have your premiums gone up 45%? That’s what they are going to go up for me in Ohio if Obambam care goes through! Oh, but YOU are exempt!! Again, excuse me if I don’t feel sorry for you!

      • chocopot

        5live5 –
        You did not read what I wrote, did you? First of all, I do not have coverage through my employer, Uncle Sam, because the coverage stinks and is very expensive. I have it through my wife’s employer, a hospital, and have had it that way for 20 years. Second, the premiums for federal employee health insurance have gone up, on average, at least 6-7% per annum for the last 25+ years. Have yours? Finally, in no way was I asking for anyone’s pity – I was simply explaining that the media have been misinforming the public about yet another matter that seems to be of interest to a great many people.

        • 5live5

          As a matter of fact, YES mine have gone up almost every year and the deductible and out of pocket has as well. But the coverage is a whole hell of a lot better than what I will be offered with Obambam care. Then in three years I get screwed again by the 50 billion obambam care has taken from Medicare, which, by the way I and my wife paid into without choice for years and will probably not collect much from if Obambam has his way. End of life counseling my backside! Oh, and as far as reading what you said? “And the premiums we are forced to pay…” does make it sound like you have government coverage. If you don’t have it, you shouldn’t say WE!

          • chocopot

            “And the premiums we are forced to pay…” does make it sound like you have government coverage. If you don’t have it, you shouldn’t say WE!
            I said “we” because I am still a federal employee and part of the group. And no, I have not had federal employee health insurance since September 1993, when I dropped it. And the coverage is far worse than the obviously faulty information you are apparently being provided.

  • PrimulaDaisy/Zoe

    I’m a Federal retiree and spent over 30 years serving the public as a Federal employee. Almost every person I’ve ever talked with who has private business or State/local government health care had better coverage than the Federal coverage. Also, just to be clear, I pay part of my premium and high deductibles with this coverage.

    • ibn insha

      Every government employee I spoke with tells me he decided to work for government because government has higher wages and better healthcare benefits than private sector.

      • Troy Wilson

        That is a straight up lie. I have worked for the Army for 13 years, and make 20% less than my private sector IT job. I pay $400 a month for High option on the cheapest plan(down from almost $800), with $20 co-pays and a $8,000 deductible. My mother in law works at a grocery deli and pays $13 a paycheck to her health insurance and she has better coverage than I do! So tell me where these higher wages and health benefits are, so I can apply.

        • Robert Messmer

          Your mistake Troy, you worked for the Army and thought you worked for the Government. You needed to get a job in Congress.

          • Troy Wilson

            I know right!

        • 5live5

          Troy, I know a man that is a GS13 and he pays less than that! Also what does your mother in law make compared to you? Do you face any layoffs? NO! Oh, gee a couple of days off because of sequestration? I know people that have been laid off for over two years. Excuse me if I don’t feel sorry for you!

          • Troy Wilson

            5Live5 I never asked for you to feel sorry for me, just quit passing these lies off as fact. I know you’re talking out your your backside, I am above GS 9 but below G13. What people don’t understand is DOD employees are paid different than Congress. Like Robert said below. Also, yes I could be facing a last off. Since we can’t be sequestered next fiscal year, there is talk of a RIF. While it is more likely to be laid off in the private sector, it’s not impossible in the public. To boot, the training I help facilitate has soldiers coming back from deployment saying the training they got saved their and others lives down range, so that makes up for the lost funds of the private sector.

            Forgot to mention, the private sector wouldn’t hire a disabled vet so I had 3 years of shucking and jiving to get on as a GS.

          • 5live5

            Troy, I have nothing but respect for any disabled vet. I have many times contacted my congressman about agent orange vets that are totally disabled and not getting their dues from VA. I helped a lady last year whose husband is just shy of death with brain cancer from it. she had to take a job at retirement age just to support him. I got her another apt with the congressman after the first was cancelled the day of the first. I did this by calling about fifteen times and getting friends of mine to call also. I haven’t been back yet to see how she did as I don’t want her to think I want something in return. I will help ANY vet who is having trouble so don’t think I don’t care. I’m just dam tire of the whole political process, and like I said, at least you are exempt from that dam Obambam care! I’m not and my premiums will go up 47% next year so feel lucky my friend, feel lucky. More than likely I will lose mine!

          • Troy Wilson

            I appreciate what you do for my fellow brothers and sisters. I understand how you feel and I agree. Obamacare does not address to problem with healthcare in this country.

            As of right now, I have received no guidance from OPM saying we are exempt, nor do I feel I or any other government should be. If they want to pass this be legislation they should be held to it like the Americans they they are forcing it on. I expect no special treatment nor should I be afforded any. I’m an American just like everyone else. This article makes it sound like ALL GEs live high on the hog and we don’t, that bothers me. If I was disrespectful, I apologize, not my intent. I just don’t like when, because a section of people act irresponsible, the whole does too.

  • ibn insha

    We are not a classless society. It is us versus government.

  • Quester55

    Forget it, I spent the last few minutes stating what I thought would work in turning All of our Lives Around & Reclaiming that , That we have Lost. When it Hit be like a Ton of Falling Bricks,
    ” WE Are having these Problems, With, ” OBAMA, The Climate Changes, Joblessness, higher Taxes, Drugs & Death “, Simply because WE Are unwilling or Unable to CHANGE FROM OUR SELFISH WAYS!!!
    WE blame Others, For Our own shortfalls, WE Demand Action on Matters we Refuse to Do Ourselves & When Crap hits the Fan, We Run & Hide!