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Old 08-17-2013, 02:53 PM   #1
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Poll: Less than 3 percent of 2500 federal workers want to join Obamacare

With a national debate still going on as the new national health care plan (Obamacare) is taking effect, what do federal employees think of the new system?

This week, we asked their views on being included in the new health care exchanges. There is apparently little debate among the federal workforce. Federal employees do not want to be part of the new system. Instead, they prefer to keep their current health plan based on a survey with about 2500 readers responding. Employees who are already retired have a much stronger negative reaction to being moved to a new system. Those with more than 15 years until retirement are not as unanimous in their opposition to moving into the new health care exchanges.

Congress and Congressional staff do not have a choice but won't have to foot the bill of being in the new system. In a ruling issued this week, lawmakers and their staffs will continue to receive a federal contribution toward the health insurance that they must purchase through the health care exchanges created by President Barack Obama's healthcare legislation.

In effect, they will be leaving the federal employee health care program and going into the new system but with the federal government still picking up most of the cost just as is done under the federal employee program. The new health care legislation included a requirement that Congressional members and their staffs would have to join the new exchanges. The author of this successful amendment, Republican Senator Charles Grassley, argued that if Obamacare plans were good enough for the American public, they were good enough for Congress. Democrats, who were eager to pass the health care legislation, which most had not read, passed the legislation with the amendment included.

As noted in an article earlier this week, legislation has been introduced to also move federal employees into the health care exchanges and out of the current federal employee health insurance program.

We asked readers their views on leaving the current federal health insurance program and joining the new exchanges. The results were definitive with 92.3% of those responding to the survey preferring to continue in the current program.

Do you think federal employees should be required to use the health insurance exchanges or continue to use the current health insurance program?
Become part of the exchanges 2.8%
Continue with the current health insurance program (FEHBP) 92.3%
Not Sure 4.9%

With regard to federal retirees, the results were even more lopsided:

Should federal employees be allowed to carry their health insurance into retirement as is currently the case or should they be required to enroll in Medicare?
Continue current program for retirees 96.1%
Require enrollment in Medicare in lieu of current program 3.9%

Different Perspective From Those Retired And Newer Federal Employees

27.4% of those responding to the survey are already retired federal employees. 41.1% indicated they would be eligible to retire in the next five years. 13.2% will not retire for more than 15 years.

Of those who are already retired, 97.6% said they should be allowed to keep their existing insurance rather than being forced into Medicare. But, among those with more than 15 years until retirement, 90.7% said they should be allowed to keep their existing insurance and 9.3% said being required to enroll in Medicare would be preferable.

Also, among those with more than 15 years until retirement, a smaller percentage preferred being able to keep their enrollment in the current federal employee health insurance program. Among this group, 87.6% preferred keeping the existing federal employee system. 7.5% said they should become part of the new health care exchanges and 5% were not sure.

http://www.fedsmith.com/2013/08/08/f...-care-program/

So what gives?
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Old 08-17-2013, 03:10 PM   #2
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Come on guys just trust us obamacare will be awesome!

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Well no shiet.

Now see what percentage of people who have no heath care insurance options say.

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It is absolutely hilarious that the VERY SAME people stumping, organizing (lol) and campaigning for Obamacare are the FIRST people in line to be exempt. Sheeple.
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It is absolutely hilarious that the VERY SAME people stumping, organizing (lol) and campaigning for Obamacare are the FIRST people in line to be exempt. Sheeple.
Ridiculous that the few get to reap the benefits and cater what's best for them while the rest suffer. And politicians have the nerve to distract society and point the fingers at private corporations and "overpaid" CEOs while quietly weaseling their way out of like company.
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the same question I posed in another thread...

I wonder how many Americans, including Federal workers, know what Obamacare entails...all 900 pages it
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can someone explain obamacare in less than 4 sentences
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the same question I posed in another thread...

I wonder how many Americans, including Federal workers, know what Obamacare entails...all 900 pages it
We can still all pitch in, read sections, and then report back summaries.

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No. Because I doubt any one person knows what the entire thing entails.
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No. Because I doubt any one person knows what the entire thing entails.

including those in office who passed it.
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including those in office who passed it.
Vote in engineers for office? At least we know bills will be thoroughly read before passed, systematic, and no BS.
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And those who support it. It's a lose-lose-lose situation.
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And those who support it. It's a lose-lose-lose situation.
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I'm still confused as to how anyone could support a bill whilst having no clue with what is in it. Rather, I think the idea or title of "universal health care" is what gets people to bite.
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It's WAY worse to support something without knowing about it than opposing the same. Not even close
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I'm still confused as to how anyone could support a bill whilst having no clue with what is in it. Rather, I think the idea or title of "universal health care" is what gets people to bite.
This was all about getting a win, or a "win". Classic cutting off your nose to spite your face syndrome
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Just made an observation that...there are no liberals responding to this thread and our questions...yet.
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As a federal employee I find it funny that everyone thinks we have some kind of say so in law making. I wake up and go to work just like everyone else my paycheck just comes from the dot. No one wants Obamacare public or private....
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