Congress leaving over Obamacare – with a twist
When I read the headline, I assumed it was cowardly democratic Senators and Congressmen opting to not run for re-election so they didn’t have to face angry votes over skyrocketing healthcare costs courtesy of Obamacare. Nope. Members of Congress and their staffers are considering “retiring” so they can get grandfathered on the existing Congressional healthcare plan instead of being dumped into an Obamacare exchange as required by law. The rationale? The new plans are prohibitively expensive and not as good.
Congress wrote the ACA specifically to not exempt themselves. Now they want out. They subjected the entire nation to this abomination and they want out.
Rep. John Larson, a Connecticut Democrat in leadership when the law passed, said he thinks the problem will be resolved. “If not, I think we should begin an immediate amicus brief to say, ‘Listen this is simply not fair to these employees,’” Larson told POLITICO. “They are federal employees.”
It could be politically difficult to change this provision. The provision was put in the bill in the first place on the theory that if Congress was going to make the country live under the provisions of Obamacare, the members and staff should have to as well.
Not fair Federal employees? Who gives a shit. Comments like that make me want to puke. How arrogant. What about the American People? Let them eat cake? Where is their concern for the rest of the nation being subjected to these cost increases and coverage declines? This is hopelessly tragic. Obamacare was always about centralizing power in Washington. It was always about creating an entitlement that would generate a permanent voting bloc for Democrats. If you truly believe the Democrats passed this for all their self-professed ideals about helping thy neighbor well… then I have a healthcare plan I would like to sell you.
Repeal this. Defund this. Stop this.