Obamacare Costs Push Congressional Staffers to Seek New Jobs

Tuesday, 14 Jan 2014 09:45 AM

By Drew MacKenzie

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Senior staff members on Capitol Hill are looking for new jobs as the extra cost of healthcare benefits under Obamacare begin to kick in, reveals a new survey.

A Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) report says almost four out of 10 chiefs of staff and district directors plan to seek new positions in the next 12 months, according Roll Call.

The job search alarms began going off when members of Congress and their staffs were told they would have to enroll in the Obamacare insurance exchange to continue receiving the government’s employer contribution.

The CMF survey of 163 senior staff members from Nov. 18 through Dec, 6 showed that 79 percent of respondents felt that the new healthcare law would result in employees seeking new jobs. Thirty-eight percent of senior staffers surveyed said they themselves would also be looking for new jobs in the next 12 months.

“I don’t expect to see this in the first six months of the year, but perhaps late in 2014 and in 2015,” said one respondent.

The study also revealed that 86 percent of the supervisors felt that their staff was concerned about the increased cost to their family budget under Obamacare.

One senior congressional official spelled out exactly how harmful the new healthcare law has been to her. "I found out in September that I have breast cancer,” she wrote. “I’m losing my health care coverage in the middle of my radiation treatment.

Getting insured through the D.C. exchange is not helpful — my choices are very limited and costs are high. As a result, I’ve gone on my husband’s plan. My staff don’t necessarily have that option.”

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