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CNN: Sebelius Falsely Claimed She's Not Eligible for ObamaCare
« on: October 30, 2013, 05:25:55 PM »

 by John Nolte 30 Oct 2013, 10:55 AM PDT

Under intense grilling from two Republican Representatives, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius claimed that it would be "illegal" for her to get insurance through the ObamaCare exchanges. Her claim is that, since she is eligible for insurance through her federal employer, she cannot opt-out of that insurance to sign on to ObamaCare. As CNN points out, that is simply false:

Sebelius is actually legally allowed to get insurance over the exchange but she would have to forego the employer contribution to her premiums.

In the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan, that employer contribution accounts for a majority of her premiums. In order to get a private health insurance plan through Obamacare, Sebelius would have to pass up what surely amounts to more than $10,000 in annual compensation.

It is not unreasonable to request that the architect of the ObamaCare exchange submit herself to her own creation.

Are we supposed to believe that the creator of ObamaCare is unaware of the fact that she could join the rest of us in these exchanges, if she wanted to? And if she is not aware, is that not worse?


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Re: CNN: Sebelius Falsely Claimed She's Not Eligible for ObamaCare
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2013, 06:05:06 PM »
According to the only criteria listed on the ObamaCare website are:

HotAir then goes on to note:

It makes clear elsewhere on the website that you don’t need to sign up if you already have insurance through your job, but even there it specifies that “If you’d like to explore Marketplace coverage options you can.” Easy peasy: Just drop your current insurance (and thus forgo the subsidy you get from your employer towards your premiums) and pick up the glorious, expensive “comprehensive” coverage that liberal hacks have been mumbling about all week as a consolation prize for Obama’s big lie about keeping your plan if you like it. As far as I know, the only exclusion Sebelius would face on the exchanges is that she’s not entitled to taxpayer subsidies. She earns too much each year for that. But as lots and lots and lots of Americans are discovering, just because you make too much to qualify for subsidization doesn’t mean you’re exempt from signing up for a plan on the exchanges. Why the Secretary of HHS would suggest anything to the contrary, I have no idea.

Gosh, remarkable that she AND Obama are so misinformed about their own program, both in the same day.
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