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July 27, 2013

IRS Union Employees Fight To Keep Their Current Plan

Here is a guarantee that I’ve made. If you have insurance that you like, then you will be able to keep that insurance. If you’ve got a doctor that you like, you will be able to keep your doctor. Nobody is trying to change what works in the system. We are trying to change what doesn’t work in the system.

- Barack Obama, in 2010

These days, guarantees from the President of the United States don't seem to be worth much:

IRS employees have a prominent role in Obamacare, but their union wants no part of the law.

National Treasury Employees Union officials are urging members to write their congressional representatives in opposition to receiving coverage through President Obama’s health care law.

The union leaders are providing members with a form letter to send to the congressmen that says “I am very concerned about legislation that has been introduced by Congressman Dave Camp to push federal employees out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and into the insurance exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act.”

The NTEU represents 150,000 federal employees overall, including most of the nearly 100,000 IRS workers.

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.

Equality always sounds so good in the abstract. When it begins to affect your take home pay and benefits, not so much.

Posted by Cassandra at July 27, 2013 10:17 AM

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Equality always sounds so good in the abstract.

Heh. :)

I'm not sure if I should just kick back and enjoy the disaster as it unfolds, or if we should continue to try to stop it from unfolding. Maybe the object lesson will be valuable, but on the other hand, maybe the damage done will outweigh the value of the lesson.

Posted by: Grim at July 27, 2013 10:39 AM

I really don't feel like learning someone else's lessons, tankyewveddymuch. I've enough of my own to learn still without having to (truly) suffer the idiocy of fookin' fools.

Posted by: DL Sly at July 27, 2013 12:34 PM

Grassley's move to require Obamacare to be inflicted on government employees was sheer brilliance. I can't believe they fell for it.

Posted by: Texan99 at July 27, 2013 08:10 PM

While I generally prefer polite conversation online, the plain truth is that these claims are God Damn shameless lies.

Posted by: CAPT Mike at July 27, 2013 11:28 PM