Obamacare Omission: Lawmakers, Aides Socked for Premiums

Tuesday, 30 Jul 2013 09:29 AM

By Melanie Batley

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
While Washington lawmakers are sharply divided over Obamacare, they have one thing in common: They may end up paying for their own insurance coverage due to an unintentional omission in the law.

In just nine weeks, House and Senate members, and thousands of aides on their personal staffs, will be required to get their health coverage through the new, state-based markets known as insurance exchanges.

But due to an ironic oversight, The New York Times reports, Obamacare doesn't require the government to pay the premiums, as it does for private employers providing coverage for their workers.

If the government can't find a way to pay, employees on Capitol Hill will have to pay their premiums out of pocket, as much as $5,000 per year for individuals and $11,000 for families.

"It's a very serious concern," Rep. Billy Long, a Missouri Republican, told the Times. He said his staff is "freaked out," noting that the modest salaries congressional aides are paid could make it impossible to continue working on Capitol Hill.

"They're thinking about leaving government service. They're thinking about taking jobs at other places," Long said.

The Office of Personnel Management, which arranges health insurance for federal employees, has no answers.

As it is, the White House and Congress already are sensitive to any suggestion that lawmakers or their aides would get special treatment under the new law, which was the reason why lawmakers on both sides of the aisle wanted to dissolve the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and put lawmakers into the same types of plans available to their constituents.

The Office of Personnel Management has given little guidance on the matter, but has suggested the issue could be resolved through regulation rather than legislation. A proposal aimed at resolving the issue could come as late as October, when the exchanges are to open.



© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Ed Royce: 'Are We Doing Enough' to Stop Terror Attacks?

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 22:40 PM

Rep. Ed Royce said he thinks laws will be changed in Great Britain and Canada to stop the sort of homegrown terrorist at . . .

Ebola Death Toll Rises to Almost 4,900

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 22:28 PM

The number of people with Ebola is set to hit 10,000 in West Africa, the World Health Organization said, as the scramble . . .

Peter King: We Need Better Surveillance of Terror Suspects

Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 22:07 PM

The United States and its allies need to place greater surveillance on people suspected of terrorism, Rep. Peter King to . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved