Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Double standard on health care

I’m not sure I understand why the tea party congressional Republicans dislike Obamacare so much, except that they are opposed to “big government,” in spite of the fact that the health care is being run in a very capitalist manner. I would have preferred one single-payer option, to keep the commercial options honest.

I would find their stand more morally consistent if they were willing to give up their own government-sponsored health care, but I haven’t heard this offer so far.

Laurie Friedman
Davis

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  • JoeOctober 03, 2013 - 9:23 am

    Hello laurie, the GOP sent a resolution to the Senate to have the Congress members mandated to get their insurance through Obamacare and the Democrats voted it down.

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  • Rich RifkinOctober 03, 2013 - 8:55 pm

    "... to have the Congress members mandated to get their insurance through Obamacare and the Democrats voted it down." ........ Joe, that isn't exactly right. Obamacare actually has always applied to members of Congress. They have the option of getting their health insurance through their employer (the government, same as all federal employees) or through one of the new health insurance exchanges. Where Obamacare differs for members of Congress is that, if they go the exchange route, the government will pay for that plan. By contrast, if any other employee whose employer offered healthcare insurance chose to buy his own through an exchange, the employee would have to pay for it and there would be no subsidy. ........ What the latest Republican gimmick bill was designed to do was to force members of Congress to buy their own insurance through the exchanges on their own, after-tax dime. In other words, members of Congress would no longer have any employer-coverage option, and they would (unlike other employees in that situation) receive no subsidy for their health insurance. ........ An irony of how Obamacare treats members of Congress now is that this provision--which treats members of Congress better than other federal employees--was written by a conservative Republican, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa. Sen. Grassley later said he did not understand what he had done until it was too late.

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  • October 05, 2013 - 5:19 pm

    Why can't Congress and their staffers pay for their health care like the Average Joe? Same goes for their Cadillac retirement system, which gives them even less incentive to fix our current system. I thought we were supposed to be a nation without Nobles?

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