Comment By Bob L.
Aug. 08 2013
Our Government kindly tell all American citizens that they will now lose their jobs or get cut in hours because of Obamacare, and on top of it all the private citizen is told that they are getting too much entitlement from the Government.
These Entitlements are Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, but there is no mention of freeloaders who refuse to go to work or look for work, (I am not talking about any one person, I am talking about all freeloaders who live on the taxpayer buck $) but the people who have worked hard all their life, the Government wants to deny what they have done for this Country, and just think, they say that this is their Golden Years and deserve to be recognized, what is the differences they don’t even want to recognize and stand behind our Military Personal, Active or Retired, they would rather support these freeloaders so they can keep their free ride.
In the mean time these people who are complaining about this, they are drawing large Retirements, money for Speaking Engagements, Part Time Work, and drawing Social Security, even though they have never paid into it, or if they did, not enough to get full Benefits of it, a good example is a Judge who was bragging that he is getting full Social Security and NOT putting a dime in it, what happen to the law that was passed in the early Sixties that says you can not collect it if you have not paid in to it?
Now all you have to do is come to this Country and you are 55 or more, all you have to do is sigh up for it and get Social Security and Health care just to come here, whether you worked or not, I think that is a pretty good deal, even become a Politician so you can collect it.
I don’t know what they are talking about, when THEY are getting more entitlements than any one else, we have to pay for what we get, DO THEY, NO, they just pass them selves a law to get what they want any time they want with out your VOTE, CAN YOU.
Why don’t they drive their cars to and from work or ride PUBLIC transit like every one else, NOT Private Transit, why are they not having to pay for their own Insurance like the Private sector, they make and have more money then the average American Citizen, so why are they exempt from the same laws that WE the American Citizen has to follow.
Well one big reason is, that the American Citizen has turned their backs on this Country, and are letting out side’s like (Environmentalist, Church Groups, other Special Interest Groups, and people who want every thing and now) take over this country and tell our Government Agencies what to do, REMEMBER this Country is run by the American People, NOT Special Interest or Lobbyist, so get your head out of the sand and take back this Country before you lose it altogether.
Tell Our Government Agencies, Majority ( 80% ) IS the Government not Minority( 20% ) , and that does not mean 51%, 49% and the 49% get control, the people’s vote today seems to mean nothing, when the people are allowed to vote on some thing, it is then taken to court and deemed Unconstitutional so it always goes against the voice of the people.
White House floats health care fix for Congress
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — It started out a political “gotcha” — an amendment to President Barack Obama’s health care law requiring members of Congress and staffers to get the same coverage offered to uninsured Americans. Wednesday, the administration tossed it back in the lap of Congress.
Proposed rules — issued when the halls of Congress are empty for summer recess — say lawmakers’ offices should individually decide whether staffers are subject to a health law provision that would require them to switch their insurance from the federal plan to new coverage coming next year under Obama’s overhaul.
The potential impact of the provision, authored by Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, has been a huge source of anxiety for congressional staffers accustomed to getting their health insurance just like other feds, from the largest employer health care plan in the world.
The proposal does clarify that the government will continue to pay its standard share of premiums, resolving one of the biggest unknowns about the impact of Grassley’s amendment. Many had been warning of a Capitol Hill “brain drain” if staffers were suddenly forced to foot the entire cost of their health insurance premiums.
But questions remain about such matters as retiree coverage and definitions of residency, so the prognosis for the fix is uncertain.
During the drawn-out debate over “Obamacare,” Democrats kept insisting that their goal was merely to provide uninsured Americans with the same kinds of coverage and choices that members of Congress have. Grassley, in effect, dared his Democratic counterparts to swallow their rhetoric. A “no” vote on his provision would have undercut the argument that lawmakers supporting the law only wanted regular Americans to enjoy what they themselves had.
Under the amendment, lawmakers themselves and staffers in their personal, or “official,” offices would have to exit the federal employee plan and get coverage through new health insurance marketplaces coming under the law. Also known as “exchanges,” the marketplaces will offer subsidized private insurance to people who don’t have access to a plan on the job.
But the amendment left many key details unclear — including whether the government would keep paying its share of premiums, which works out to around 75 percent.
The Office of Personnel Management, which runs the federal employee health plan, said lawmakers themselves are best equipped to decide which staffers are part of their “official” office. The term was not defined in Grassley’s amendment, and the OPM said it turns out that congressional staffers in personal offices often also do part of their work for committees or as leadership aides. Those two categories — committee and leadership staffers — are exempt from Grassley’s provision.
A senior congressional staffer familiar with the proposed regulations said several significant issues remain unclear or unresolved. One whole set of questions has to do with residency requirements. Some staffers, for example, may claim residency in their home state while living in Washington, D.C. What if health insurance plans in their home state don’t have Washington-area providers in their networks? Other issues could impact coverage for retirees and those nearing retirement.
A spokesman for the federal personnel office refused an interview request, instead supplying prepared questions and answers that detailed aspects of the proposal.
The new insurance markets start will start signing up people on Oct. 1 for coverage that’s effective Jan. 1. OPM said lawmakers will have to decide the status of their employees before the end of the year.
That could mean the difference between a routine re-enrollment or venturing into uncharted territory. Staffers waiting to find out might want to be extra nice to the boss in the meantime.