(Becket Adams) The threat of complying with Obamacare is apparently so unpleasant for a few U.S. lawmakers and their aides, that some are considering avoiding it entirely by retiring early.
But first, they need more information on the law they wrote.
The fear: Government-subsidized premiums will disappear at the end of the year under a provision in the health care law that nudges aides and lawmakers onto the government health care exchanges, which could make their benefits exorbitantly expensive.
Democratic and Republican leaders are taking the issue seriously, but first they need more specifics from the Office of Personnel Management on how the new rule should take effect — a decision that Capitol Hill sources expect by fall, at the latest. The administration has clammed up in advance of a ruling, sources on both sides of the aisle said.
If the issue isn’t resolved, several members of Congress and their aides are seriously considering leaving the capitol altogether with their current government-subsidized health premiums intact, according to the report.
According to sources, several House aides have already notified members of Congress that Obamacare may force them to leave.
“It’s a reality,” said Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas). “This is the law. … It’s going to hinder our ability with retention of members, it’s going to hinder our ability for members to take care of their families.” He said his fellow lawmakers are having “quiet conversations” about the threat.
“If not, I think we should begin an immediate amicus brief to say, ‘Listen this is simply not fair to these employees,’” Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) told POLITICO. “They are federal employees.”