There are some things that are so outrageous, they beg to be plastered in big bold headlines. Such is the case with the latest action from the Office of Personnel Management on Obamacare. When the law was rammed through Congress, the Republicans managed to attach an amendment that required members of Congress to be subjected to the same injustice that is not called Obamacare. That was then, this is now.
Congressional leaders, from both political parties, have been pressuring the OPM for action on this grievance. They seemed to think it especially egregious that members of Congress and members of their staff would have to enter the insurance exchanges like the rest of America (unless you are a member of a union). Their theory on this? They are afraid of a brain drain in Congress and in Washington. They worry that too many members of Congress and the members of their staffs will take their talents elsewhere. What a shame that would be.
As a result of this worrisome thought, Harry Reid and John Boehner, etc., have been pressing the OPM for answers. They want to know how they are going to handle the fact that Congress and its staff will be pushed into the insurance exchanges, right along with the rest of America. Because of the “unexpected” rise in the cost of health care insurance, these people will have to pay thousands of dollars more for their insurance plans. But, not to worry. President Obama has assured Senate Democrats that he is on the job and will make sure they are taken care of. Isn’t that a comfort to know?
Not to worry. We now know how the OPM is going to handle the problem.
BizPac Review – As elected officials slipped out of town for a 5-week recess, we learned a deal was struck to exempt Congress from new higher premiums associated with ObamaCare. A move designed to avert the provision in the law which said members of Congress and their aides must be covered by plans “created” by the law or “offered through an exchange.”
The Office of Personnel Management, under heavy pressure from Capitol Hill, determined that the health care premiums of members of Congress and their aides can be subsidized by taxpayers, according to Politico.
Isn’t that just grand. The members of Congress that are only in office because you and I voted for them to go there are getting yet another perk. Not only do we pay their salaries and provide them with security and other benefits, including access to some of the best health insurance plans in the country, we have to go a step further. We are not going to subsidize the increased costs they will incur when they enter the insurance exchanges being forced upon us by the wonderful world of the Affordable Care Act. Otherwise known as Obamacare. As Greta Van Susteren put it, THIS WILL MAKE YOU WANT TO THROW UP!
What Congress just did to you is appalling. I would not do this to you in a million years and I doubt you would do this either. It is indecent….just WRONG. Read the previous Politico story posted where it reports that Congress, as it races out the door for 5 week vacation, exempted itself (and staff) from Obamacare. So let me get this straight….they push OBAMACARE on EVERY OTHER AMERICAN except themselves. Really? Unbelievable, isn’t it?
And it gets more disgusting….the article says there was a bit of a rush to get their exemption passed before their 5 week vacation because the Health Care Exchanges open October 1. They needed to make sure they were not disrupted. Really? They had to take care of themselves with the exchanges date of October 1….but the CONTINUING RESOLUTION that funds the government (AND IMPACTS YOU) expires September 30 but they are ignoring that until after their 5 week vacation.
So…let me get this straight….what matters to YOU and is their job to handle can wait until their 5 week vacation is over. What matters to them, gets done NOW, before their 5 week vacation. They come first even though they work for you and you even pay for their 5 week vacation.
I really don’t know how Members of Congress can sleep at night when they pull these stunts on the rest of America. This is a ruling that has been pressured by Capitol Hill. At the very minimum, this selfish ruling should have been put at the back of the line — after the CR and Debt Ceiling handled.
Am I wrong?
Greta’s rant is so on target, I had to use it in its entirety. Clearly, Congressional leaders from both political parties have their priorities screwed up royally. When they should be taking care of the country’s business, they are more concerned with their own financial bottom line. This concern is a direct result of Obamacare, a bill that was passed without a single Republican vote. We can fault the Democrats for that, but the Republicans share in the blame because they do not stand up for what is right for the American people. Obamacare is about to come down on our heads like a hammer, but they insist they must be exempted from the high costs of entering the insurance exchanges. Obamacare is good for us, but not for them? Term limits, anyone?