The Affordable Care Act is set to take affect October 1 meaning congress and its staff would lose the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), the separate health care program for those in Congress and the Senate. In 2009, Senator Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) added an amendment to the law requiring all congress and senate members and their staffs to get coverage from an exchange as the law stipulates for all Americans.
But something funny happened on the way to equality with us average Americans. The staffers fretted the loss of the 75% subsidy they received for FEHBP and the subsequent hit to their paychecks. Congressional representatives and Senators equally worried about losing staffers to jobs that pay better. I’m sorry, but isn’t this dilemma the same as all small businesses face in America thanks to these very same people?
The only difference is small businesses are told to suck it up and painted as rich SOB’s only worries about their fortunes while our government officials simply changed the law to allow the subsidies. Actually, President Obama took care of it by prodding the U.S. Office of Personnel Management to allow members and their staffs to keep their insurance subsidies.
The average salary for congressional and senate staffers is $70,000/year. If that is the average that means some staffers are making upwards of six figures and getting a 75% subsidy to pay for their health insurance. That subsidy comes from our taxes. So why is this story hardly being reported on? Does this bother anyone else but a handful of political junkies?
There is always that one kid who takes his ball and goes home when he can’t get his way. He blames the other children for being unfair as he stomps away. I guess I now know those kids grow up to be politicians.
People forgive anything but arrogance and hypocrisy. Ironically, our government officials are nothing but arrogance and hypocrisy. So why are we forgiving them?
Here are a few links to the story in case you want to read the articles.