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Thursday, February 26, 2009

65% subsidy for COBRA does not apply to me

Submitted Anonymously:

I spoke to Rep. Ellen Tauscher's field office today and mentioned that
the 65% subsidy for COBRA does not apply to me because I was laid off
from LLNL before the Sept. 1, 2008 window. (The subsidy of up to 9
months is part of the stimulus package.)

I learned that there are no guarantees, but letters are being
collected and packaged together from constituents, setting forth there
stories and what a subsidy would mean for them (such as, how to pay
for insurance after the 18 months of COBRA expires? Being over 50, my
rates for individual insurance are higher than as part of a group).

PLEASE help see if something can be shaken loose for those of us who
were part of a mass layoff to save a federal agency $$, and send along
your personal account to:

Rep. Ellen Tauscher
2121 N. California Blvd.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596


Anonymous said...

Why in the world would Tauscher help now, when she did nothing to stop the layoffs in the first place?

We have no bread and congress is taking about cake.

Anonymous said...

There are now over 12 million people without work. Last year the Lab involuntarily laid off a few hundred people, 90% or more it didn't need and hadn't needed for some time. Quit feeling sorry for yourself.

Anonymous said...


A lot of good and honest people were let go last year. The people still working at LLNL are hardly the dregs either, mostly trapped by economy and ties to the community. This drive-by trash-talk posted by you in the forums is beyond contempt.

Additionally, your argument over numbers is BS. Tragedy is tragedy regardless of scale.

Anyone who gets their giggles by acting like you has mental issues. Get some therapy before you mouth off to a cop and get a well-deserved tasering.


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