If you want an absolutely perfect example of demagoguery, look no further than the wingnut outrage over Congress and their staff getting subsidized access to the Affordable Care Act’s Gold Metal plan. The Worldnetdaily put up half an article linking to the full article at The Hill about this on the regulations issued on this matter.
Regulations issued by the Obama administration this week would require members of Congress to buy one of the top-tier insurance plans from the ObamaCare exchanges.
The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the House sent guidance to members of Congress this week, based on a directive from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), that says they must choose plans from the “gold” level of insurance coverage, not “bronze” or “silver” plans. “Platinum” is the only higher level of coverage under the exchanges.
Cue the unjustified outrage from their readers, who fill the comment section with ignorance and inanity. Let me make something clear and hope they read this slowly and sound out the words: Members of Congress, their staffs and most other federal employees already get health insurance. They always have. It’s part of the benefits package that comes with the job, just like every comparable position in the private sector. The Republicans insisted on kicking them out of the long-existing public employee group insurance plan and into the health care exchanges set up by the ACA. But the government — which is their employer, for crying out loud — is still going to pay most of the cost of those policies just like they always have. This is not some luxurious benefit at taxpayer expense, it’s the same expense we have always had for government employees. If we didn’t provide that subsidy to them, as some Republicans are demanding, it would mean they get a big cut in pay.
And the Gold Metal plan only means that the policy will cover 80% of their medical costs, which is a standard insurance policy. It’s probably a worse policy than what they’ve had prior to this. But the demagoguery on this, the irrational claim that public employees are getting some luxury plan that the rest of us don’t get, is coming through loud and clear to the wingnut base.
What happened to the Obama pitch that this pile of manure was to provide basic coverage for those who couldn’t afford health insurance? Now we are subsidizing “Cadillac” plans? What a disgusting crock of crap! Obamacare should be ONLY a basic plan. If you want more, pay for it yourself! Why must the taxpayer be responsible for buying “Gold” when most of us, thanks to the Liberal spendthrifts, are having some difficulty paying our bills and buying food for our families? Obama, I hope that your 72 virgins all look like Pelosi, though even that would be too good for you!…
‘oh what a tangled web we weave…’ the government just keeps hoping we are all as stupid as they think we are!
You are. And this proves it. Jesus, I’m tired of this crap.
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