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Congress On Obamacare – Good For You, Not So Good For Us

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.

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Concress and ObamacareCongressional 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.

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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?

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Not to worry. We now know how the OPM is going to handle the problem.

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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.”

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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.

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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!

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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  • Gary Jackson

    They don’t want any part of Obamacare just like they don’t want any part of the Social Security system the rest of us don’t have a choice but to be part of. I also know that Obamacare is already affecting prices. A bottle of insulin that cost 139.00 a little over a year ago has jumped to about 175.00 and the pharmacist was asked why the jump and he said Obamacare.

    • You have first hand experience with how the health care system has changed since Obamacare was passed. Even though it is not fully implemented, the effects are already being felt, and they are not good.

      • I see it 1st hand every 3 months, I have a lot of health issues and I use the Baylor Healthcare System.. They are being driven into the ground by the Obamacare debacle, and the hiring of affirmative action welfare slugs…

        • But I thought Obamacare was supposed to fix the health care system? Whatever happened to that fix?

  • Billiam

    Larry, since the people in this country, at least, the most vocal, WANT to be vassals of the lords and masters in Mordor on the Potomac, it’s only going to get worse. Those of us who still believe in small, Constitutionally limited Government are a shrinking, dying minority. There are fewer of us every day. Yes, many are finally waking up and speaking out, but forgive me for being cynical, but I have to wonder how many of the supposed waking ones will continue to speak out as the pressure gets stronger against us. Exhibit A is simply that the majority of the assholes in Congress will be re-elected. Likely even those who put themselves forth as “TEA Party” candidates, then showed their true colors once in. I will freely admit being wrong if, after the upcoming midterms, there is a shift back towards liberty rather than slavery.

    • Of course they want to be vassals of the lords and masters in Washington. It’s much easier than providing for themselves.

      As for you being wrong about what is happening, I doubt you are. The proof is in the fact that so many members of Congress are reelected, even though they clearly should be voted out of office.

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  • Mustang

    There are two sets of rules, you see. Rules for them … and rules for everyone else. I suspect this will continue until the American people take their heads out of their butts.

    • Actually, I wonder if they will wake up at all. I am beginning to have my doubts.

  • Springdale

    The general tendency of human nature is to look out for ones self or identity group first of all. Politicians seem to excel in demanding and expecting special privileges and exemptions regardless of their ideological claims.

    • They are extremely good at doing just that. That is one reason I am a believer in term limits. And there should also be restrictions on members of Congress leveraging their influence into lucrative jobs after they leave their esteemed body.

  • EstablishmentByProxy

    So effectively they are granting themselves a raise to account for any cost differentials observed. A turn on the phase turns out to be political reality: “Money from nothing and their checks for free”. Meanwhile, it’s gonna’ be Dire Straits for the people. How apropos.

    ” That ain’t workin’ “; nope, congress sure ain’t workin’.

    But will they cut in line too? You know, the lines that are coming and the attrition boards doling out the metered care that is sure to follow. It is a given that they do not want any part of that either and won’t mind playing the part of the hypocritical masters for that either. Their argument, if any is given, will boil down to this: “Hey, if we’re not hear to help you, how will you survive?”.

    I really relished that “brain drain” excuse. Oh that’s rich…and utterly shameless!

  • If it’s not good for Congress it’s not good for us.. It’s just that simple..

    • It really is that simple, Fred. For anyone with a modicum of common sense and decency about them.

  • Jim at Asylum Watch

    The meme at Asylum Watch, Larry, is that the players play and the payers pay. I fear the folks will gripe a lot; but they will not change the way they vote. Sad!

    • I am afraid your prophecy will turn out to be true.

  • MattRoss

    The hypocrisy is pretty astounding, isn’t it?

    • Yes, it is. And to top it all off, the leaders in Congress, from both political parties, set this up so they could deny responsibility. The OPM issued this ruling and Congress never had to vote on it. Mark my words, that will be their excuse in the mid-term elections.

  • You nailed it Larry, as did Greta when she called this indecent. Because that is exactly what this is. we sent them there to do our business and they are busy taking care of themselves. To think that they know how bad this law is going to be and then instead of doing anything to fix it them make sure they exempt themselves from it makes me absolutely livid.

    • This is something that is unforgivable to me. It just isn’t right or proper for Congress to manipulate the system in their favor.

  • I found this the most egregious. They didnt even have the guts to take a vote. How can they ever complain about one of Obama’s edict after they begged him for one.