You’ve heard that Obama’s health care legislation seemed to boot members of Congress from their own privileged health care plans. Today, it appears they may stay on their health care plans, but will be fined, as laid out in the law. It is incredible what Congress doesn’t know. Idiots!
A memo from the obama administration may stop members of Congress and their staffs from immediately getting dumped off their health care plans, but it won’t stop Congress from getting fined by its own health care law.
The reason is that while the new law is vague about whether Congress can keep its current health care plan for the moment, it’s crystal clear about dumping members and their staffs from that plan after 2014.
At that point, when 535 lawmakers and the 15,000 or so people who work for them flood newly-created health insurance exchange markets, it’s likely that some will apply for government subsidies, which in turn will trigger massive fines. Under the law, employers are subject to fines of up to $3,000 per person for each employee who receives government health care subsidies.
The article continues, to muse about what Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, might do about the predicament, and the guess is, she will exempt Congress from fines by “narrowly defining the word “employer.”
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