Congress, aides prepare for Affordable Care Act

  • Article by: Corey Mitchell , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 2, 2013 - 11:23 PM

Lawmakers and staffs will be forced to buy insurance from state exchanges or make other arrangements as health reform law kicks in.

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Start Moving AheadSep. 2, 13 8:49 PM

So now the taxpayers of MN are going to subsidize the health insurance for elected Democrats so politicians can prove they are "one of the people". This is in addition to paying them a salary and benefit package far in excess of what most of us get. Does this really make any of us feel better?

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dogmanSep. 2, 13 9:32 PM

"Does this really make any of us feel better?" -- you can thank a republican... 'Because of an amendment written by Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, Congress is the only large employer that has to enter the exchanges this year — or that is even allowed to do so.'

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mnbvcxzsSep. 2, 1310:20 PM

How many politicians will do the math and find out it will be cheaper to not provide health care to their staff and just pay the fine!

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edinawaterSep. 2, 1310:25 PM

The Republicans have tried and failed to repeal Obamacare 40 times. Has it crossed their minds that they may have more success if they come up with something better to replace it with?

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potter101Sep. 2, 1311:11 PM

mnbvcxzsSep. 2, 1310:20 PM How many politicians will do the math and find out it will be cheaper to not provide health care to their staff and just pay the fine!***************************As far as the program is concerned it is just more money in the pot without having to pay out anything. It will help Obamacare immensely . Second year the fine will stop everyone from not signing up, Unless your unable to crunch numbers because at that point it's all gain but again if they want to pay the fine which I hope they do Obama care will be just have that much more money to work with again without having to pay out anything , Great system. Regressive want to stop people from joining,in effect dragging their puppets to the chopping block, all the better for the program.

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potter101Sep. 2, 1311:33 PM

edinawaterSep. 2, 1310:25 PM The Republicans have tried and failed to repeal Obamacare 40 times. Has it crossed their minds that they may have more success if they come up with something better to replace it with?*****************************This is the plan that the regressives would have, they tried to pass this plan with regressives authors , twice in the 80's and heritage spent a large amount of money to come up with a national medical plan, the foundation recommended a carbon copy of this plan but tougher yet(single payer.) We all know about the carbon copy plan of Romney's in the state of Massachusetts. S This is the plan they would have written if it wasn't for the fact that a black president did it instead .

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adctelSep. 3, 1312:20 AM

How am I going to buy health insurance with the $400 a month I'm losing due to the hours they took away so the company didn't have to offer me coverage? I can't figure out what's affordable about the bill.

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horsefeatherSep. 3, 13 2:14 AM

All of you Republicans must contact your State Insurance Commissioner and get them to follow Georgia Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens plan to stop obamacare from succeeding! “Let me tell you what we’re doing,” Commissioner Hudgens bragged to a crowd of fellow Republicans: “Everything in our power to be an obstructionist.” After pausing to let applause rollover him, Hudgens gave an example of that obstructionist behavior to stop “navigators” who are being hired to guide customers in buying insurance through obamacare. “We have passed a law that says that a navigator, which is a position in that exchange, has to be licensed by our Department of Insurance,” Hudgens said. “The ObamaCare law says that we cannot require them to be an insurance agent, so we said fine, we’ll just require them to be a licensed navigator. So we’re going to make up the test, and basically you take the insurance agent test, you erase the name, you write ‘navigator test’ on it.” What a wonderful idea! Georgia is going to be able to deny thousands of people health insurance and obamacare will fall flat on its face! If those kind of poor people want health insurance or go see a doctor or get a flue shot, well, they should just go out and get a job like the rest of us. There is nothing wrong with our sabotage of health care and health care insurance reform if the final outcome is protecting OUR freedom and stopping that guy obama from succeeding! TeaPublicans ARE taking back our America in 2014 n 2016 and we will take back obamacare too! “P n P” in 2016! Its going to happen! Perry N Palin…just what America is waiting for!

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asdfasdfSep. 3, 13 5:37 AM

Start moving ahead.... Who do u think is paying for their health insurance now? Maybe you didn't realize this but you'll be paying for it for the rest of their lives.

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circleoflifeSep. 3, 13 7:03 AM

dogman "Does this really make any of us feel better?" -- you can thank a republican... 'Because of an amendment written by Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa" Was there a vote or does he just get to pass amendments.

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