Chaos: Internal Senate Email Warns Lawmakers Not To Sign Up For Obamacare Yet

Published on September 25, 2013

The Senate this week warned lawmakers and their  staff not to sign up for Obamacare’s health exchanges, saying that the  administration hasn’t yet finalized the rules for how to keep paying for their  premiums. “Members and staff are advised that they should delay enrolling in health  insurance plans until  we are able to offer further guidance as to how they should enroll in these  insurance plans for 2014,” the Senate disbursing  office said in an email to staffers Monday. “Premature enrollment could  adversely impact eligibility for the employer premium contribution.” The health exchanges are slated to open next week, and mark a key milestone  for the Affordable Care Act. They were created as marketplaces where those who are now required to obtain  insurance but who don’t get plans through their jobs can go to shop for  coverage. During the 2009 health care debate Congress approved language insisting that lawmakers and staffers in their personal  offices will lose their federal health plans and must shop for plans on the  exchanges — though last month’s ruling by the Office  of Personnel Management said taxpayers will still continue to pay 72 percent  of the premiums. Republicans said that’s a benefit most Americans won’t get. Read More