“Heavens, I have staff who don’t make much money. This would be a really big bite for them.”
That could be any employer talking about the costs of Obamacare. But it’s a Member of Congress—who’s for him and his employees.
Ironically, when Members of Congress passed Obamacare, they kicked themselves and their staffs out of their current subsidized employer (federal government) coverage.
As Robert Pear, veteran health reporter for , noted back in 2010, “ , did lawmakers who wrote and passed the bill fully grasp the details of how it would influence the lives of other Americans?”
Now, the Obama Administration says, “No problem.” Congress can keep their health care subsidies ($5,000 for individual coverage or $11,000 for family coverage) and use them in the new Obamacare exchanges.
In a surprise to no one, .
Heritage’s Ed Haislmaier how the Administration twisted its interpretation of the law to fix Congress’s little problem. As he put it, “It was bad enough that Congress had to pass the law to find out what was in it. Now, the Administration is ignoring the law when they don’t like what they find.”
Obamacare is riddled with problems—but the Administration is only trying to fix the ones that create political problems for the President.