Politicians do not deserve special Obamacare privileges

If Americans are truly united, then our politicians should be force-fed Obamacare like the rest of us.

Many have already felt the far-reaching affects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), whether as an employee or a business owner. Many insurance providers have already tweaked prices and plans but the rising cost is far from over as Obamacare steadily makes its way into the American healthcare system.

For a basic rundown, Obamacare requires all Americans to purchase a private health care plan or pay a one to 2.5 percent tax. Americans who cannot afford health insurance will either qualify for Medicare or Medicaid or get assistance in the form of tax credits, tax breaks or assistance with up-front costs on the Health Insurance Exchanges (HIX). The exchanges are state or federally run online marketplaces where customers can shop for affordable quality health insurance. Small businesses can also use the exchange to purchase insurance for their employees. The Health Insurance Exchanges will open in October while coverage starts Jan. 1, 2014. Obamacare will be paid for through budget cuts, taxes and government funding. This includes a .9 percent Medicare tax and unearned income tax (on income over $200,000/$250,000); cuts to wasteful spending; a tax on insurance companies; and a tax on employers with over 50 full-time employees who do not supply their employees with affordable quality health care.

As much as the public roared against Obamacare, and as unfair as many parts of the healthcare overhaul are, the federal government had the audacity to protect many politicians under the healthcare plan. Obamacare currently includes special protections and exemptions for the president and federal health officials.

U.S. Congressman Charles Boustany is trying to change that, cosponsoring legislation that would allow the only health plans the federal government may make available to the president, vice president, members of Congress and federal employees those created under Obamacare or offered through a health insurance exchange.

Why shouldn’t that be federal politicians only choices? If Obamacare’s rules are the only ones citizens can follow, shouldn’t our leaders only be able to follow those rules, as well? Furthermore, if so many politicians truly believed in Obamacare’s importance, wouldn’t they want to personally utilize that system?

If it’s not good enough for our elected leaders, why is Obamacare good enough for voters?

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Posted by on May 2 2013. Filed under Editorial. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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