And, once again, absolutely none of this addresses the fact that Congress and their staffers are receiving a benefit no other American does. All Americans on the exchanges must pay their insurance premiums. ONLY those who fall under 400% of the Federal Poverty Level are eligible for any tax credits/subsidies. The MAXIMUM income eligible for ANY form of subsidy is $45,960 for an individual or $94,200 for a family of four.<quoted text>
Sure I get it, but do you...
...So Grassley’s amendment created a situation for government workers that Republicans claimed, falsely, the law would create for everybody else: forcing them off their employer insurance and on to the exchanges. Grassley’s amendment didn’t even attempt to design a coherent way of changing health-care worker benefits, because, again, it wasn’t an attempt to reform health care for Congress and its staff — it was an attempt to furnish a talking point for Rush Limbaugh and Fox News. It yanked away the subsidized health insurance Congress and its staff get, essentially imposing a massive pay cut on those workers.
House Republicans still don’t like Obamacare — or Obama, for that matter. But at least some of them conceded Friday the president did the right thing in making sure they and their staff wouldn’t lose their health care subsidies under the law.
“There’s no question it was the right thing to do,” said freshmen Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah.“Not just for me, but for my staff. Heavens, I have staff who don’t make much money. This would be a really big bite for them.”
Another Republican congressman described the White House’s intervention as a “relief,” as one aide in his office made around just $30,000 a year and had a child with many health issues. The member wanted to remain anonymous in sensitivity to his staffer’s privacy.
...There had been considerable anxiety that the provision of the law forcing members and staff into the exchanges did not provide for the government to continue subsidizing their insurance — potentially costing each of them thousands of dollars out of pocket a year at a time when paychecks in many House members’ offices have been frozen or cut in the past three and a half years because of budget cuts.
Members of both parties had been privately clamoring for the White House to resolve the situation — and passing a legislative fix would have been a dicey proposition given the partisan dispute over the law.
...The Obama administration's compromise is to permit the federal government to contribute toward employee insurance on the exchanges, but to render those employees ineligible for any tax credits or subsidies.
"Members of Congress and their staff must go into the exchange," said an administration official. "No ands, ifs, or buts. They will not be eligible in any way for subsidies or tax credits. But they don't lose their current employer contribution."
Now along comes Congress and their staff, they do not have to worry about the tax credit/subsidy or whether or not they make too much money to be eligible. Thanks to the exemption they will get their old subsidies (adjusted for inflation of course) NO MATTER WHAT their income. Get it - they don't have to qualify for a subsidy, they get it automatically. Whether or not they are the lowly staffer that makes $30,000 or the Chief of Staff who (in 2009) made $120,000.
No matter how many posts you cut and paste (repeatedly)- it will not change the fact that they are getting a benefit no other American can get - unless of course they go to work for Congress.
Unless you have something new, please don't bother.