St. Louis Public Radio reports that Senator Claire McCaskill, D-MO will sign up for Obamacare and plans to forego the subsidy:
“I’m not going to take the ‘employer contribution,’ “ McCaskill told Missouri reporters during a conference call Wednesday, referring to the federal government’s share of the health insurance premiums for all federal employees. She added that her staff will take the subsidy, as most other federal employees will do.
“I’m not going to take any subsidy. I’m going to go on the exchange and buy insurance for me and my two daughters that are allowed to insured under my policy,” McCaskill said.
Since Sen. McCaskill is wealthy enough to own a private plane, not taking the subsidy really isn’t that big of a deal. She’s a woman of means. So what.
Interestingly, Sen. McCaskill is using her enrollment as a “teachable moment” to show how easy it is to sign up on the botched website healthcare.gov. Apparently, she thinks that the staff of Congressman Ann Wagner is somehow being untruthful in describing their sign up ordeal:
The spokesman for Wagner, a critic of the Affordable Care Act, added that her staff “signed-up on the ObamaCare exchanges just last week where they spent countless hours trying to navigate a broken website.”
McCaskill said that when she signs up, “we’re going to report to the public on that process.” Her aim is to use her sign-up as a teachable moment to encourage other Missourians to do the same. “They’re being told that it’s something that it isn’t.”
Actually, they aren’t Claire. Encourage away. The young and healthy in Missouri already have plans for healthcare. And it doesn’t include signing up for the suddenly found to be UN- “Affordable Care Act”.