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Why did congress ask Obama Care exemption?

 
 
Reply Sat 3 Aug, 2013 03:34 pm
Congress got exemption from the bill they think is great for us.
Here's a link, in case you haven't heard.
http://www.inquisitr.com/884086/obamacare-congress-exempt-from-affordable-care-act/
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RexRed
 
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Reply Sat 3 Aug, 2013 05:25 pm
@neologist,
Well Neo, Congress already has healthcare provided by Obama Care (ACA).

No, Congress isn’t trying to exempt itself from Obamacare
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/04/25/no-congress-isnt-trying-to-exempt-itself-from-obamacare/

The deeper issue is.. You might ask why do Governors get a mansion? Why don't we make them live in tar paper shacks? Well I guess the reason why is, we as a society have respect for public service. Why does the president get to live in The White House why not a make DC a slum fitting for our proud government employees?

When our senators and representatives go to visit foreign dignitaries why not have them wheezing and hacking and dress them in rags?

Secondly, why do preachers of mega churches who supposedly are directed to live modestly by Jesus live in million dollar mansions?

Maybe you can answer the latter considering your involvement in the churches (if that is what you want to call them).
neologist
 
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Reply Sat 3 Aug, 2013 05:31 pm
@RexRed,
Uh, Rex
Your article was published on April 25
Find one that's more recent.

BTW, I only mention these things to show how corrupt our society has become.
RexRed
 
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Reply Sat 3 Aug, 2013 06:00 pm
@neologist,
The article I posted explains why an congressional exemption would be necessary...

Businesses with large employee numbers are an anomaly to the system... The federal govt has the largest employee base in the country.

If you are clinging to the republican party is is no wonder why you think politicians are corrupt. I am not ready to throw in the towel on the dems yet...

There are a few bad apples but as a whole I am very proud of my party.
neologist
 
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Reply Sat 3 Aug, 2013 06:37 pm
@RexRed,
I have no party affiliation unless there is food involved. Potluck is ok.
Any who delude themselves with hope for humans to dig themselves out of the mess they have created are possessed with the highest credulity.
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Peter Frouman
 
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Reply Sat 3 Aug, 2013 06:55 pm
@neologist,
Congress has not exempted itself from the Affordable Care Act. What the article you cite refers to as an exemption is only an exemption if exemption is redefined to mean the opposite of what it actually means.



Section 1312(d)(3)(D) of the Affordable Care states:
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The only health plans that the Federal Government may make available to Members of Congress and their congressional staff with respect to their service as a Member of Congress or congressional staff shall be health plans that are created under this Act…or offered through an Exchange established under this Act.


There was a lot of concern among Congressional staffers that this would result in the government not being able to make any contributions towards the costs of health plans for members of Congress and congressional staff. Yesterday, it was announced that the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) would issue a ruling next week stating that the government can continue to make contributions towards the costs of premiums for health care plans for members of Congress and congressional staff. However, there are some that believe that OPM does not have the statutory authority to issue such a ruling.
neologist
 
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Reply Sat 3 Aug, 2013 07:26 pm
@Peter Frouman,
A provision in the bill required government workers to be covered by healthcare plans created by Obamacare or through state exchanges. This would have removed the subsidies they now enjoy.
Peter Frouman
 
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Reply Sat 3 Aug, 2013 09:30 pm
@neologist,
neologist wrote:
A provision in the bill required government workers to be covered by healthcare plans created by Obamacare or through state exchanges.

That is not an exemption. Indeed, it is a requirement (which many would argue is the opposite of an exemption).
neologist wrote:
This would have removed the subsidies they now enjoy.

Section 1312(d)(3)(D) of the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit the federal government from spending funds authorized by Congress to pay a portion of the cost of health care insurance plan premiums for members of Congress and Congressional staffers. The U.S. Congress could easily refuse to authorize such spending but it has not yet done so.
neologist
 
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Reply Sat 3 Aug, 2013 10:57 pm
@Peter Frouman,
Peter Frouman wrote:

neologist wrote:
A provision in the bill required government workers to be covered by healthcare plans created by Obamacare or through state exchanges.

That is not an exemption. Indeed, it is a requirement (which many would argue is the opposite of an exemption).
neologist wrote:
This would have removed the subsidies they now enjoy.

Section 1312(d)(3)(D) of the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit the federal government from spending funds authorized by Congress to pay a portion of the cost of health care insurance plan premiums for members of Congress and Congressional staffers. The U.S. Congress could easily refuse to authorize such spending but it has not yet done so.
Correct. Obama did it for them
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