What’s good for the gander is, apparently, not good enough for the goose.
Senate staffers and aides working for Democrat officials in Congress are shocked that they are going to see their health insurance premiums jump by a trebling in coming months.
Fully supportive of the legislation before they or America had a chance to read it, aides such as Minh Ta, who happens to be the chief of staff for Represenative Gwen Moore (D-Wis), recently wrote a message to Democratic heads of Congress noting that the new rates are “simply unacceptable.”
Veteran House Democratic aides are sick over the insurance prices they’ll pay under Obamacare, and they’re scrambling to find a cure.
In the email, Ta noted that older congressional staffs may leave their jobs because of the change to their health insurance.
Under the Affordable Care Act, and federal regulations, many congressional staffers — designated as “official” aides — were forced to move out of the old heavily subsidized Federal Employees Health Benefits program and into the District of Columbia’s health insurance marketplace exchange. Others designated as “unofficial” were allowed to stay in the FEHB program. Managers had to choose whether aides were “official” or “unofficial” by Oct. 31, and Ta said that wasn’t enough time to make an informed decision about who would benefit and who would lose out by going into the new system.
Moore’s office was one of those in which all staff were designated as “official” and pushed into the exchanges. That ended up being a problem for older staff, who weren’t accustomed to paying higher premiums because of their age.
Ta concluded by asking other chiefs of staff to join him in petitioning the Administration Committee for an immediate fix. Glenn Rushing, chief of staff to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, quickly replied to the group that he would join the fight.
It was a great idea when these staffers supported Obamacare legislation for everyone else. But now that they have to pay the outrageous premiums as well, it has all of a sudden become “unacceptable.”
Sources indicate that staffers and aides are looking to request exemptions from their Congressional benefactors and bosses.
To their tripling and quadrupling of premiums, we the people say BOO – FRICKIN’ – HOO.
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