Hoyer: ObamaCare will “grow in acceptance” with Capitol Hill staffers over time

posted at 9:01 pm on January 14, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

There has been plenty of angst on Capitol Hill over the past year about the highly deliberate amendment Republicans added to ObamaCare in 2010 whereby both Congressional members and their staffers must be covered by health insurance plans offered through ObamaCare’s exchanges — the punchline being that, if Congress was going to foist this legislative monstrosity on the American people, they better learn to live with it, too. Previously, Hill staffers have had a generous chunk of their premiums subsidized by the federal government, but the coming advent of what would assuredly by higher premiums for their aides had Democrats up in arms over the possibility of a Capitol-Hill brain-drain.

A perfectly justifiable fear, you might say. The Hill reports:

The vast majority of Capitol Hill staffers are worried about changes, costs and access to their healthcare plans under ObamaCare, and the worry could provoke an exodus of talent, a new survey found.

The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) interviewed 163 Capitol Hill staffers in November and December, and found 91 percent said they were worried about possible changes to their healthcare benefits under the Affordable Care Act.

In addition, 87 percent said they were worried about the cost of their new health insurance, and 82 percent said they had concerns about access to local healthcare providers. …

Thirty-eight percent of congressional staffers said they planned to look for a new job in the next year. Of those, 79 percent cited changes to healthcare benefits as one of the primary drivers of their unhappiness.

Thanks to President Obama swooping in to save the day for Democrats, the law now allows the federal government to continue to offer employer subsidies, although but Republican Sen. Ron Johnson is suing the Obama administration to end the practice and a few House Republicans have proposed legislation to end what they say is undue financial assistance — much to Democrats’ chagrin. The question for Democrats, however, isn’t why Republicans should lay off trying to pass legislation that would force Capitol Hill to fully comply with ObamaCare’s financially punishing dictates. The question is why they passed legislation that applied those financially punishing dictates of all Americans in the first place.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer is convinced that things will calm down on the Hill, and maybe they will; the above survey was conducted during the both the height of the rollout fiasco and when offices were still trying to iron out their own logistics. As anyone who has been paying attention well knows, however, the rollout and then the “figuring out what this law means for me” time frame was only ever going to be the beginning of ObamaCare’s problems. Via RCP:

Clearly, there is going to be concern on any new program of this size. However, we see increasingly many fold increases in applications, many fold increases in people who are signing up. We see young people having increased their numbers. So the answer is, I think that this program is starting to get momentum, and I think credibility, and I think it’s going to grow in acceptance, not diminish, but there’s no doubt that the rollout was rough.


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All hail the ruling class!

John the Libertarian on January 14, 2014 at 9:16 PM

You’ll get accustomed to your cell, in time.
You’ll get used to your chains.

A statement like Hoyer’s means one thing, they don’t give a crap that we hate the “law” there’s no way on Earth that they will entertain repealing it.

Charlemagne on January 14, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Hoyer: ObamaCare will “grow in acceptance” with Capitol Hill staffers over time


***************************** NUTS *************************************!!

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 9:19 PM

People grow to accept hemorrhoids too.

VorDaj on January 14, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Small business and Religous Organization might have a different opinion!!

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 9:20 PM

Ours is not to reason why, just to get sick and die.

VorDaj on January 14, 2014 at 9:21 PM

The old hotness: health insurance
The new hotness: pay per procedure

/Democrats sure know how to kill a good thing

Paul-Cincy on January 14, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated.

Flange on January 14, 2014 at 9:22 PM

As crappy as DC is running things they are worried about a brain drain. They need to have brains in the first place.

banzaibob on January 14, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Hoyer: ObamaCare will “grow in acceptance” with Capitol Hill staffers over time

I can’t quite decide if Steny is saying “Eat your peas” or “Embrace the suck.”

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 9:26 PM

Hoyer: ObamaCare will “grow in acceptance” with Capitol Hill staffers over time

Yep, and this type mentality is who Paul “Eddie Munster” Ryan, Boehner, McConnell, et al run with.

arnold ziffel on January 14, 2014 at 9:26 PM

The You Can Keep It,…two step sumpins!!

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 9:27 PM

You’ll get accustomed to your cell, in time.
You’ll get used to your chains.

A statement like Hoyer’s means one thing, they don’t give a crap that we hate the “law” there’s no way on Earth that they will entertain repealing it.

Charlemagne on January 14, 2014 at 9:18 PM

Dead on.+

Mimzey on January 14, 2014 at 9:29 PM

So, cut to the chase,…..

……It Will Eventually Blow-Over!!

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 9:30 PM

The old hotness: health insurance
The new hotness: pay per procedure

/Democrats sure know how to kill a good thing

Paul-Cincy on January 14, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Yep.

Charlemagne on January 14, 2014 at 9:31 PM

******************** Alert **********************************??

Obama health care law
1m

Obama administration grants 2-month extension for Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan – @AP
end of bulletin

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 9:32 PM

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, channelling his inner Marie Antoinette, is convinced that things will calm down on the Hill.

Modified for historical purposes.

Myron Falwell on January 14, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated.

Flange on January 14, 2014 at 9:22 PM


Worf said it best.

john1schn on January 14, 2014 at 9:33 PM

This won’t improve. There will come a time quite soon where it will not be possible to further delay the employer mandate which is going to hurt millions more than those already affected.

We should have little sympathy for “staffers” that knew what they were doing when they worked for the team that inflicted this on the public. They knew. They thought they would slip out of it. Now they should suffer with all of us for their venality.

As payback, the very last people to be released from the chains of Democrat Obamacare ™ when it is gutted are these squealing stuck-pigs.

virgo on January 14, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Ask your doctor if death panels are right for you.

deimos on January 14, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Thirty-eight percent of congressional staffers said they planned to look for a new job in the next year. Of those, 79 percent cited changes to healthcare benefits as one of the primary drivers of their unhappiness.

On the plus side, anything which induces over a third of the bureaucratic drones on the Hill to seek greener pastures, and makes it more difficult for the patricians to hire replacement fawners, fixers, and peon-f**kers, can’t be all bad.

cheers

eon

eon on January 14, 2014 at 9:43 PM

RE:

Obama health care law
1m

Obama administration grants 2-month extension for Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan – @AP
end of bulletin
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Insurance plan for sickest gets another extension
2 Hrs Ago.
*********

Health insurance companies can no longer turn away people with medical problems, but the Obama administration isn’t taking any chances with thousands of vulnerable patients in a special federal program.

The administration announced Tuesday it is granting a two-month extension for the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan. The temporary program was supposed to disappear Jan. 1, when guaranteed coverage for people with medical problems became the law of the land.

It’s the second time the program has been extended. Technical problems with HealthCare.gov previously forced a one-month extension through Jan. 31.

The administration now says some people still in the plan may need additional time to find new coverage. The program will continue to run through the remainder of the health care law’s first open enrollment season, which ends March 31.

http://santamariatimes.com/news/national/govt-and-politics/insurance-plan-for-sickest-gets-another-extension/article_d6c74ee8-632d-551b-aa4c-f2df638f31f1.html

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Thirty-eight percent of congressional staffers said they planned to look for a new job in the next year. Of those, 79 percent cited changes to healthcare benefits as one of the primary drivers of their unhappiness.

Which staffers? The professionals who actually have ability? Or are we talking about the ones attached to the Congresscritters because their daddy wrote a really big check during the last election so that their precious snowflake would be able to abandon their career as a barrista and use that poli-sci degree.

If the professionals, then there is more of a problem than if we are talking about the arrogant twenty something who answers the phone and figures out what canned e-mail to send out to constituent comments.

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 9:48 PM

Steny Hoyer Verified account
@WhipHoyer

The Democratic Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Maryland’s 5th Congressional District.

Washington, DC · DemocraticWhip.gov

https://twitter.com/WhipHoyer

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Will Obamacare be repealed or won’t it? Will Congress fund it or won’t it? Will the web site be fixed or not? Blah, blah, blah. We the people just need to do what we need to do and Congress be damned. Resist. Refuse. Revolt. EXEMPT OURSELVES! We did not comply with Prohibition and we simply should not comply with Obamacare. For religious reasons. For privacy reasons. For the cause of liberty and freedom and in protest of the idea that the federal government (under one party rule, no less), can force private citizens to purchase anything with our own money. Are we citizens or subjects? Mice or (wo)men? Just say NO to socialism and to the corrupt, unionized, far left IRS: the gestapo of America’s political class. After all, the federal government ignores millions of illegals who are breaking U.S. immigration law every day. Our Founders pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. All we have to do is just say no to a scheme we all know is un-American and a violation of our most basic founding fundamentals of privacy, self reliance, limited government and individual freedom.
How To Opt Out Of Obamacare. Know your options and become savvy self-pay patients. Join a health care sharing ministry. These are voluntary, charitable membership organizations that agree to share medical bills among the membership. They function similar to insurance, and are probably the best alternative to conventional health insurance. There are four of them, at least that I know of. Three are open only to practicing Christians (Samaritan Ministries, Christian Healthcare Ministries, and Christian Care Ministry) while a fourth, Liberty HealthShare, is open to anyone who agrees with their ethical commitment to religious liberty. They operate entirely outside of Obamacare’s regulations, and typically offer benefits for about half the cost of similar health insurance. Members are also exempt from having to pay the tax for being uninsured. From the article by Sean Parnellhttp://thefederalist.com/2013/12/04/opt-obamacare/#.Up9MwGKiM_o.email

devan95 on January 14, 2014 at 9:55 PM

but the coming advent of what would assuredly by higher premiums for their aides had Democrats up in arms over the possibility of a Capitol-Hill brain-drain.

Brain drain? REALLY?

Given all the crap they’ve foisted on the American public, there doesn’t appear to much “brain” in DC.

GarandFan on January 14, 2014 at 9:59 PM

Ask your doctor if death panels are right for you.

deimos on January 14, 2014 at 9:42 PM

On the other hand there’s this:

As the elderly man lay dying in his bed, death’s agony was suddenly pushed aside as he smelled the aroma of his favorite homemade chocolate chip cookies wafting up the stairs.

Gathering his remaining strength, he lifted himself from the bed. Leaning against the wall, he slowly made his way out of the bedroom, and with intense concentration, supported himself down the stairs, gripping the railing with both hands. In labored breath, he leaned against the door frame, gazing wide-eyed into the kitchen.

There, spread out upon newspapers on the kitchen table were literally HUNDREDS of his favorite chocolate chip cookies!

Was it heaven? Or, was it one final act of heroic love from his devoted wife, seeing to it that he left this world a happy man?

Mustering one great final effort, he threw himself toward the table, landing on his knees in a rumpled posture, one hand on the edge of the table. The aged and withered hand quiveringly made its way to a cookie near the edge of the table; feeling the warm soft dough actually made the pain of his bones subside for a moment. His parched lips parted; the wondrous taste of the cookie was already in his mouth; seemingly bringing him back to life.

What, then, was this sudden stinging that caused his hand to recoil?

He looked to see his wife, still holding the spatula she had just used to smack his hand.

“Stay out of those!” she said, “they’re for the funeral.”

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 10:00 PM

The beatings will continue until the morale improves.

PackerBronco on January 14, 2014 at 10:04 PM

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer

…just look at the guy!

KOOLAID2 on January 14, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Results for #Obamacare

https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Obamacare&src=hash

canopfor on January 14, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Sure, Alcatraz is confining but what a view !!! eleventy

viking01 on January 14, 2014 at 10:24 PM

There has been plenty of angst on Capitol Hill over the past year about the highly deliberate amendment Republicans added to ObamaCare in 2010 whereby both Congressional members and their staffers must be covered by health insurance plans offered through ObamaCare’s exchanges — the punchline being that, if Congress was going to foist this legislative monstrosity on the American people, they better learn to live with it, too. Previously, Hill staffers have had a generous chunk of their premiums subsidized by the federal government, but the coming advent of what would assuredly by higher premiums for their aides had Democrats up in arms over the possibility of a Capitol-Hill brain-drain.

Erika Johnsen on January 14, 2014 at 9:01 PM

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The vast majority of Capitol Hill staffers are worried about changes, costs and access to their healthcare plans under ObamaCare, and the worry could provoke an exodus of talent, a new survey found.

The Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) interviewed 163 Capitol Hill staffers in November and December, and found 91 percent said they were worried about possible changes to their healthcare benefits under the Affordable Care Act.

In addition, 87 percent said they were worried about the cost of their new health insurance, and 82 percent said they had concerns about access to local healthcare providers. …

Thirty-eight percent of congressional staffers said they planned to look for a new job in the next year. Of those, 79 percent cited changes to healthcare benefits as one of the primary drivers of their unhappiness.

(CMF) Press contact:
Susie Gorden
(phone number and email address removed)

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House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer is convinced that things will calm down on the Hill, and maybe they will; the above survey was conducted during the both the height of the rollout fiasco and when offices were still trying to iron out their own logistics. As anyone who has been paying attention well knows, however, the rollout and then the “figuring out what this law means for me” time frame was only ever going to be the beginning of ObamaCare’s problems.

Erika Johnsen on January 14, 2014 at 9:01 PM

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Hoyer damn well knows better. He’s just doing his duty, ….. for now.

But as I see it, this is ‘inspirational’ news for our side.

Thanks, Erika’ … good piece !

listens2glenn on January 14, 2014 at 10:26 PM

What ? ! … My extensively long “copy ‘n’ pasted” comment got eaten by Mod-Que ?

(head hanging, moping and whining )

listens2glenn on January 14, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Happy Nomad on January 14, 2014 at 10:00 PM

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Oh brother . . . . . : )
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If any of you haven’t read ‘Nomad‘s post, you should.

listens2glenn on January 14, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Worf said it best.

john1schn on January 14, 2014 at 9:33 PM

He’s a bitter Klingoner, who clings to his gun with antipathy toward people who aren’t like him.

Flange on January 14, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Hoyer: ObamaCare will “grow in acceptance” with Capitol Hill staffers over time

Of course it will “grow in acceptance” as there is no one they take better care of than their own. They will find a way to force us to pay for 100% of their private solid gold level non-ObamaCare insurance.

RJL on January 14, 2014 at 11:02 PM

had Democrats up in arms over the possibility of a Capitol-Hill brain-drain.

Not so fast. There were plenty of Republicans freaked out about that as well. They just kept their mouths shut in public. In private, they too were begging Øbama to do something.

Kafir on January 15, 2014 at 7:05 AM

Well H#LL YEAH the Staffers will grow to accept Obamacare, especially since the politicians they work for not only fought to have us pay both our doubled Obamacare premiums AND up to 70% of theirs also fought to get that same deal for their staff!

easyt65 on January 15, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Democrats: “That’s not a problem. We’ve never relied on talent at our level.”

dominigan on January 15, 2014 at 8:27 AM

Hill staffers have had a generous chunk of their premiums subsidized by the federal government, but the coming advent of what would assuredly by higher premiums for their aides had Democrats up in arms over the possibility of a Capitol-Hill brain-drain.

Isn’t that an oxymoron?

Anyway – screw ‘em. They helped write it – they can live with it – or go home. And if they go home, they’ll be stuck with it anyway.

Hill60 on January 15, 2014 at 10:31 AM

They’ll just vote themselves a pay raise to cover the higher premiums. Remember, you saw it here first.

Decoski on January 15, 2014 at 11:44 AM

They’ll just vote themselves a pay raise to cover the higher premiums. Remember, you saw it here first.

Decoski on January 15, 2014 at 11:44 AM

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For themselves, it’s a no-brainer. But can they vote for pay raises for staffers?

listens2glenn on January 15, 2014 at 12:21 PM

How To Opt Out Of Obamacare. Know your options and become savvy self-pay patients. Join a health care sharing ministry.
–snip–

devan95 on January 14, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Problem: have to be a non-smoker [tobacco].

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For themselves, it’s a no-brainer. But can they vote for pay raises for staffers?

listens2glenn on January 15, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Alas, yes.

Kevin K. on January 15, 2014 at 6:53 PM