On Sunday, Politico quoted Speaker Boehner’s spokesman, Brendan Buck, sadly stating, “The Boehners are fortunate enough to be able to afford higher costs. But many Americans seeing their costs go up are not. It’s because of them that this law needs to go.”
That’s partially true, but he failed to leave out some key information.
In fact, this is just another lie, perpetuating the madness of Obamacare. Mike Hiltzik from the LA Times reported:
“Boehner’s premiums are partially covered by his employer, the federal government, which pays up to 75% of employee premiums, up to a cap of $426.14 a month (for 2014).”
The government pays 72% on average, and up to 75% of the premium. Given the numbers, it is shockingly clear how much the public funds Boehner’s healthcare. Also, it should be noted that next year, Mrs. Boehner will be receiving Medicare, which is a program the Republicans have been opposing for years.
It is apparent that it is easy for Boehner to skew the facts and make it seem like his premiums are jumping, but there is a lot more to the story than just stating numbers for shock value. The true inconsistency in the midst of this outrageous claim is that the typical Obamacare customer is someone being removed from a decent employer plan to the individual market.
The LA Times reported two-thirds of the individual insurance exchanges nationwide are expected to be people who didn’t have any insurance previously, either because they couldn’t afford it or because they were barred by pre-existing conditions. As an enrollee of the federal employee system in 2013, Boehner couldn’t be barred for pre-existing conditions, and Obamacare has outlawed such exclusions for individual policies starting in 2014.
Boehner and his republican colleagues are the reason they have to enroll into the exchange in the first place. The Senate GOP required that members of Congress and their staffs move their insurance to the exchanges. It’s virtually the only mandate that congress has passed and now they’re upset about the policies that they are responsible for putting into place. It’s time to realize that the Affordable Care Act is actually good for Boehner and his colleagues. There is no argument for the Boehner office to make when taxpayers subsidize the policies of congress and their staff. The claim that Boehner is paying a ton more under Obamacare is an outright lie. Now is the time to quit trying to derail affordable health care for Americans and enjoy living in a world of hypocrisy while taking advantage of American taxpayers.
h/t: Politicus USA