Does anyone know if Senator Lee is going to turn down this benefit?
"Members of Congress and their staffs face additional requirements that most
Americans don’t have to meet.Under the health care law, their
insurance coverage will have to switch from the Federal Employees Health
Benefits Program, the group of private insurance plans that cover 8 million
federal employees and retirees, to the exchanges created by the law. Those
exchanges are meant for those who buy coverage on their own, the currently
uninsured and small businesses. Members of Congress and their staffs would be
the only employees of a large employer in the exchanges.Much like
other Americans who have health coverage through their jobs, congressional staff
receive a subsidy for their premiums, paid by their employer -- the federal
government. If they had to enter the exchanges they may have to give up that
employer subsidy, although low- and middle-income staff could be eligible for
tax credits administered by the exchanges.The federal government’s
subsidy for its employees’ health plans amounts to as much as 75% of the
monthly premium. That’s comparable to the subsidies received by employees
of large U.S. companies that offer health insurance, according to the
Congressional Research Service.
He has a moral obligation to reject or non-fund his own healthcare.
Mike Lee does seem to support the constitution and one of very few who speaks up
for its supremacy. I too would like to know, though, if he is doing as Ron Paul
did,in refusing government perks. I would have additional respect for Mike if
it is the case that he has refused "federal" cadillac health and
retirement plans.BTW it's about time we stopped referring to
the federal government as employer and paymaster. It is the taxpayers that pay
and employ without their permission or approval. Instead of talking of federal
aid we need to talk of coercively funded taxpayer support and remember that we
have no say about our money being taken and spent for many things that cannot be
plausibly said to be in the "general" interest or for the general
@Gildas, every two years you have the ability to 'coercively' change
the direction our nation is going by voting, which I might add that the odds are
7 to 1 that you voted for Rob Bishop, Orrin Hatch and of course your friend Mike
Lee. Shutting down the government, however, is nothing more than a not so veiled
attempt for a coup d'état.
Sort of like - telling us to make mortgage payments, and then not doing so
The only person who will shut down the government is your pres 0bama! Mike Lee
and those working with him will fund the government, just not 0bamacare. But
0bama will close it down!
@Star Bright -- You may not be aware of this, but Obamacare is the law. Obama
is trying to follow the law. And for that you decide that he's the one
trying to shut the government down? You tea partiers are not known for your
common sense, so that's about what I'd expect. Tea partiers are like
little children -- I get my way or I throw a tantrum.
I don't see any member of congress, including democrats, that are turning
it down.And the democrats are supposedly all for obamacare.I see all democrats and all their business buddies getting exemptions from
obamacare.The left are so quick to judge others and point their
fingers,yet refuse to see their own stunning hypocrisy.
Even Orrin Hatch is turning on Lee. There is a concerted effort to shut him down
in Utah by reasonable politicians. He will have Fox news, radical bloggers and
Palin to give him support.
@one voteReasonableness is subjective.Hatch is a very
liberal republican who was once a democrat. Hss spent more time working with
liberal democrats like kennedy, than working with his supposed own party. then
magically turns "conservative" at election time.No wonder
you all on the left love him.
At least Senator Hatch does not want to subvert our political system. For
supporters of Lee, Senator McCain is on the left. Everyone is left of the tea
party radical right corner.
@the truthHolladay, UTIf you dis-like Senator Hatch, Why
have you voted for him 7 times over the last 42 years?I guess you
own me a word of thanks -- because I've never voted for him.