The IRS is supposed to be the agency responsible for enforcing the (un)Affordable Care Act on everybody. But they want to make sure they get to keep their current coverage through the Federal Employee Health Benefit Plan (FEHBP).
One of the early promises from Obama regarding the healthcare plan that bears his name was that if you’re happy with your current insurance, you can keep it. Employees, small businesses and even many unions are finding out that that isn’t actually true, and they’re now opposing Obamacare on those grounds.
A group of unions appealed to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, complaining about Obamacare:
“When you and the President sought our support for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you pledged that if we liked the health plans we have now, we could keep them. Sadly, that promise is under threat. Right now, unless you and the Obama Administration enact an equitable fix, the ACA will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.”
Another union feeling a little threatened by Obamacare is the National Treasury Employees Union, the union representing most IRS employees. They’re concerned that a piece of legislation sponsored by Congressman Dave Camp would force them to lose their current federal government healthcare and to be dumped in the Obamacare exchange market.
Congressman Dave Camp is of course opposed to Obamacare. He wants every American to be exempt from its mandates:
“House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp offered the bill in response to reports of congressional negotiations that would exempt lawmakers and their staff from Obamacare. ‘Camp has long believed every American ought to be exempt from the law, which is why he supports full repeal,’ Camp spokeswoman Allie Walker said. ‘If the Obamacare exchanges are good enough for the hardworking Americans and small businesses the law claims to help, then they should be good enough for the president, vice president, Congress and federal employees,’ she also said.”
So, this bill has IRS employees concerned that they might actually have to take part in the very healthcare mandates that they will be assisting the feds in enforcing on most Americans. They’ll work to force Obamacare on everybody and make sure everyone without exception is in perfect compliance with fees, fines and regulations, but they don’t want any part of it themselves. I thought Obamacare was going to be “a freedom, a liberation,” as Pelosi claimed recently. It was supposed to be the greatest thing since sliced bread. So, why are these federal employees terrified of it? What’s there to be afraid of?