Saturday, December 14, 2013

Delaware's Democratic Senators have their own health insurance subsidized

You gotta love it.

US Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons make a base salary of $174,000/year before all the perks of office are considered.  Perks include the ability to wrack up another $26,100 in speaking fees per year and a Personal Allowance Component to the Members Representative Allowance that provides for them to use $944,000 (at our expense) to pay for up the nine staffers, who may themselves individually make up to $168,000/year.  Hillary Clinton often says it takes a village to raise a child; when you elected Carper and Coons you also paid for a village to cater to their every need.

But you knew that, right?

What you didn't know is that Tom Carper and Chris Coons now purchase their insurance through the DC ACA marketplace (which, apparently, is functional only because it would not do to have the marketplace serving the US Congress not work), and that you are subsidizing 75% of their premiums.

That's right--among the people who need and receive a government subsidy for health insurance premiums under Obamacare are the poor, the struggling middle class, and United States Senators.

And their staff members.

That's what today's Democratic Party stands for:  taking care of the insurance needs of career politicians who make far more money than most of us will ever see, so that they can vote to reduce the Cost of Living Allowances for veterans, end unemployment insurance benefits, and support the killing of people going to weddings in Yemen.

Here's a thought:  how about a rule that says until at least 50% of the target population in your own state has managed to achieve health insurance via the marketplace, your application remains inactive, and you--Tom and Chris--get to pay your own damn medical bills.

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