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Speaker Boehner on Exemptions: Fact or Fiction? September 30, 2013

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Today Speaker Boehner mentioned an Obamacare exemption for Congress. For the umpteenth time, Congress members are NOT exempt from the ACA coverage aka  Obamacare. There are many sources that dispel this notion, including in the ACA itself. But, under the ACA rules, people who have coverage through their employer weren’t necessarily going to shop for plans on the exchanges. Here’s one.

Official portrait of United States House Speak...

Official portrait of United States House Speaker (R-Ohio). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Over the weekend, an entry one of my Congress member’s Facebook page read:I’ll sign up for Obamacare when you do!”

The Congress member replied: “I’ll be joining the same exchange as my constituents on January 1. My staff will get their insurance from the exchanges as well.”

And in this factcheck.org post, they remind us that since 2010, they’ve been debunking the exemption myth. Since it isn’t true and probably the Speaker knows that; I’m guessing that this is dog-whistle code (only certain members of the base can hear it) for raising money.

English: A yellow dog whistle

English: A yellow dog whistle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today, it got more confusing and is evolving as I post. Let’s see if I can get this right:

Since some employers including the federal government, offer 75% or more towards the cost of each employee’s health care, Republicans construed that as a subsidy in the ACA. So they wanted that subsidy taken away (unlike for other major employers). In August then there was a proposal to remove the employer subsidy.  Some people describe this as ‘throwing the staffers under the bus”. This has been called an exemption-I find that confusing.

Grabbing Congressional staffers money

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Senator Cruz Full of Fiction (again) September 26, 2013

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Factcheck.org is pretty busy analyzing the 21 hour talkathon (not a filibuster) by Senator Ted Cruz and others in the US Senate this week.

Max Baucus

Max Baucus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One of the incorrect attributions by Senator Cruz was about fellow Senator Max Baucus’s comment on the implementation of the ACA being a train wreck. Senator Cruz changed that quote to suit his own needs .as reported by Factcheck.org .

“The facts are clear. It is a train wreck. As the lead author Democratic senator put it: It is a train wreck.” Cruz on the Senate floor

At an April budget hearing, the Montana Democrat upbraided Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for her department’s lack of planning to properly implement the law, and warned of “a huge train wreck coming down.” Baucus “was clearly commenting specifically on a concern he had about one aspect of implementation of the law — the rollout of the public awareness campaign,” Meaghan Smith, an aide to the senator, told us.

Baucus is no longer concerned about that, however. In a Sept. 16 interview with Fox Business Network’s Stuart Varney, Baucus said “I don’t expect a train wreck” when the exchanges open for business on Oct. 1.

Senator Cruz didn’t even quote Fox News’ interview with Senator Baucus correctly!

20 Things to Know about the ACA (Obamacare) September 23, 2013

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A special section was published in The Seattle Times on September 22nd and has valuable information for Washingtonians and others.

One valuable section of the ACA allows for subsidies:

If you make up to $45,950 ($94,200 for a family of four) you may get a subsidy that will decrease your premiums.

Some of us will just be happy to save a few bucks per month to apply to our increased deductibles. I’m not blaming the ACA for that-your $250 deductible (as recently as 5 years ago) seems to be gone forever.

However, people who earn less than an adjusted gross income of $45,950 per year may very well immediately reallocate any savings  to other parts of their budget. Deductibles, groceries, retirement savings.  This could be good for our collective economy.
Here is one link to a subsidy calculator that anyone from across the country can use.

If you receive a subsidy how will you use the money you save? Tell us in the comments.


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