That’s what Congress is busy trying to do – find a way to exempt (or lessen the impact, or whatever they want to call it) for themselves and/or their aides. Gee, isn’t it swell for them that they can even consider this option. The rest of us poor saps are stuck with it.
Here’s an idea: how about we just repeal the thing, and exempt everybody from it? One of the guys who helped to craft it already said it’s going to be “a train wreck.”
Congressional lawmakers and aides are considering exempting themselves from the mandate to enroll in the health care exchanges the ACA sets up. Hill leaders have been holding confidential meetings for months, trying to weigh the PR costs of exempting themselves and their aides from the financial realities the law is forcing them to face. Politico:
The problem stems from whether members and aides set to enter the exchanges would have their health insurance premiums subsidized by their employer—in this case, the federal government. If not, aides and lawmakers in both parties fear that staffers—especially low-paid junior aides—could be hit with thousands of dollars in new health care costs, prompting them to seek jobs elsewhere. Older, more senior staffers could also retire or jump to the private sector rather than face a big financial penalty […]
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said if OPM decides that the federal government doesn’t pick up “the 75 percent that they have been, then put yourself in the position of a lot of entry-level staff people who make $25,000 a year, and all of a sudden, they have a $7,000 a year health care tab? That would be devastating.”
Some pols, like Rep. Henry Waxman, think the concern over cost hikes is overblown. He claims the federal government will subsidize the health care plans used by lawmakers and aides and nobody will have to pay anything more than they already have been.