Posted by bad_luck on 10/1/2013 6:50:00 PM (view original):
Posted by examinerebb on 10/1/2013 6:47:00 PM (view original):Congress is required to be in the exchanges. Are you arguing that they shouldn't get a subsidy or that the exchanges aren't good enough for everyone else?
Posted by bad_luck on 10/1/2013 6:32:00 PM (view original):As voted on by Congress. So, again, what's good enough for the America is not good enough for them.
Posted by examinerebb on 10/1/2013 6:10:00 PM (view original):No. Congress and staff get the subsidy as a term of their employment.
If my company chooses to pay the penalty and dump me on the exchange, do I get the same subsidy Congress gets?
The two go hand-in-hand. The law was written by proponents of a single-payer healthcare system and was designed to ultimately produce something very close to it. The penalties to employers are low enough that it makes much more sound, fiscal sense to pay the penalty and move on.
So, in other words, if putting Americans with strong, employer-subsidized health plans on the exchanges without subsidy is a good solution, why isn't it good enough for them?