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  •  Are they allowed to cancel subsidies... (0+ / 0-)

    ...for health insurance for members of Congress?

    Wouldn't that effectively be a change in their compensation—something the 27th Amendment doesn't permit until after the 2014 election?

    Essentially, they're just giving the President, VP, and Cabinet a pay cut of a few thousand dollars. On the whole, I'm sure it's a hit they'd be willing to take.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 07:33:57 AM PDT

    •  It'd be a change in their taxation level... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...not their gross compensation, I believe.

      it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses

      by Addison on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 07:35:16 AM PDT

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      •  How would that work? (0+ / 0-)

        My understanding was that the federal subsidies for members of Congress and their staffs to buy insurance from the exchange were replacing the employer-paid part of their premiums for the federal employees' health insurance system.

        How is eliminating those subsidies—effectively a pay cut of a few thousand dollars a year—a taxation change rather than a change in compensation?

        "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

        by JamesGG on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 07:40:28 AM PDT

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