- Posted August 8, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
The Ruling Class and the Rest of Us
One of the ways he wanted to extend FAIRNESS to all was to give us all health care. He campaigned and pushed congress to craft a piece of legislation that would give affordable health care to all. In their haste to get a health care reform law on the books, they created a law that is so large and so burdensome that it is struggling to stay alive under it’s own weight.
One recent sticking point is that the congress and their staff pitched a fit about having to shoulder the full cost of them participating in the health care exchanges that was required by the Grassley Amendment.
Some will say this Amendment is unfair to the congress and staffers since it prevents their “employer” the “federal government” from subsidizing their health care benefits like big corporations do. I get that to a point, but let’s look at this from the lens of the guy who does not work for a big corporation but a small business; the guy who just had his hours cut and lost his health insurance because it was too expensive for the small business to pay the premiums.
What about him? Who will he cry to? Who will come in and rescue him? So far the subsidies are not in place.
In recent days states have been reporting how much premiums have increased due to Obamacare. We are not talking little numbers like 1 and 2% but some are estimating increase of 75% or more.
So, let’s go back to the exemption for Washington staffers…I personally have seen my premiums go up and my coverage go down (expect for my free birth control) and I am suspecting that is the case for many Americans who do have health care that is subsidized by their employer. Will the government also cut benefits and increase premiums or will the tax payer be required to not let them feel the burden that we are feeling?
What do you think is fair for congress and their staff? Should they just have to duke it out in the exchanges like many average American will have to do? Or should they get to keep their Cadillac plan on the backs of the tax payer? Or should they have their benefits cut and premiums increased to better mirror what is happening with those of us who still have employee benefits?