Obama Solves Health Care Problem for Lawmakers, Staff (Updated) … just think twice its another day for you and me in paradise!
Posted at 9:15 p.m. on Aug. 1, 2013
Updated: 10:41 p.m. | Just another day in paradise … President Barack Obama told Senate Democrats he had personally engaged in the issue of his signature health care law’s effect on lawmakers and their staff, it appears there’s a solution.
Word began circulating around Capitol Hill that the Office of Personnel Management would soon issue guidance to address the way the health care law’s exchanges affect members of Congress and those employed in their offices. Senate aides initially declined to discuss the matter, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid confirmed the existence of a deal to CQ Roll Call leaving the Capitol late Thursday — and a White House official confirmed details of the plan later Thursday evening.
Basically, OPM needed to determine that the federal government could help pay the cost of premiums on the exchanges for Congressional employees.
“I’m glad it’s done,” the Nevada Democrat said, directing a request for details to the White House. Its just another day in paradise!
A White House official confirmed to CQ Roll Call that OPM will issue the new regulation next week, and in turn lawmakers and aides will not be eligible for the law’s tax credits and subsidies to buy insurance. Its just another day in paradise!
During a meeting in the Capitol Wednesday with the Senate Democratic caucus, Obama said that he would personally step in to work on the issue before the health care law’s requirement that those on Capitol Hill get insurance through the exchanges. Obama’s comments were first reported by Politico and later confirmed by CQ Roll Call.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., released a statement Thursday night reiterating that staff and lawmakers must sign up for the exchanges. Its just another day in paradise!
“Members of Congress and their staffs must enroll in health marketplaces as the Affordable Care Act requires. Its just another day in paradise!
“As we continue our work to ensure the smooth implementation of this law and look forward to the start of enrollment on October 1st, we will continue our efforts this August to educate consumers on the law’s provisions and tout the critical benefits already in place for millions of Americans,” she said, with no mention of the deal that OPM is set to announce. … just think twice its another day for you and me in paradise!