House Speaker Boehner's Insurance Premium Nearly Doubles Under Obamacare

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Monday, 25 Nov 2013 06:15 AM

By Elliot Jager

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House Speaker John Boehner will see his health insurance bill practically double — and his deductibles nearly triple — because of the Affordable Care Act, according to data released by his office to Politico.

Boehner, 64 and his wife Debbie, who turns 65 next month, moved their healthcare coverage from the Federal Employees Health Benefits system to the District of Columbia's health insurance exchange.

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After some difficulty, Boehner was able to sign up under Obamacare.

The Speaker and his wife paid $433 in monthly premiums under their old coverage with Blue Cross Blue Shield plus a $700 deductible. A similar plan under the Affordable Care Act would cost them $802 for the monthly premium and a $2,000 deductible.

Boehner, an Ohio Republican, selected a plan similar to his present federal coverage at $449 per month and a $1,000 deductible. Debbie Boehner opted to obtain her coverage through basic Medicare plus supplementary Medicare coverage that will cost them between $350 and $400 in monthly premiums.

"So, he'll pay more next year for himself than he paid this year for both himself and his wife — and, together, the Boehners will still pay roughly $800 per month in premiums with deductibles in the $2,000 range," Politico reported.

Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck said, "The Boehners are fortunate enough to be able to afford higher costs. But many Americans seeing their costs go up are not. It's because of them that this law needs to go."

Younger lawmakers and congressional staffers will generally see their premiums reduced under the Affordable Care Act, while older people are likely to see an increase in their premiums costs, according to Politico.

Some lower income young people outside Capitol Hill are nonetheless discovering that, contrary to administration promises, they are not eligible for anticipated subsidies because they are earning too much money.

One 27-year-old in Chicago, for example, living on $27,400 a year, will have to shoulder a $165 monthly premium without financial assistance, Breitbart reported.

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