Congress is considering exempting itself and its staffers from Obamacare.


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Now Congress has found out what’s in it: Lawmakers are considering exempting themselves and their staffers from Obamacare.

If they think the law is too onerous for themselves, then maybe they might finally realize that it is too onerous for everyone, and repeal the damn thing. Unfortunately, such common sense is not likely to appear in Washington.

Update: The story above suggested the exemption was being pushed by both parties. This apparently is not entirely true. There does appear to be some common sense in Washington, at least among some on the Republican side, as indicated by Republican statements from both the House and Senate. As noted by Speaker John Boehner’s office,

“The fact that Democratic leaders want to opt themselves out of the ObamaCare exchanges shows that Sen. Baucus isn’t the only one who realizes the President’s healthcare law is a ‘train wreck.’ The Speaker would like to see resolution of this problem, along with the other nightmares created by Washington Democrats’ health law, which is why he supports full repeal. In the meantime, it is Democrats’ problem to solve.

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  • JGL

    I was under the impression that that situation existed already. You know that if it did not exist before they are going to attempt to make it so now. Congress should be legally barred from creating anything in law that applies to the people but does not apply to “them”. It should be a Constitutional amendment, one specific thing that the founders may have overlooked.

  • jwing

    Just like when Congress exempted themselves from SEC insider trading regulations thereby allowing congress members to enter congress as regular income americans and retire as millionaires.

    If this hypocracy is allowed by the american people, this country’s futrue is that of a statist tyranny where you need to be in the right party and know someone to get ahead. .

    Never in my life did I think our country could be so fundamentally transformed. On top of that, there is no outrage because the average Joe has is content with his sports channe 24/7,his facebook, Iphone and movies to diver his attention from the truly important issues.

  • Joe

    All people are equal, some are just more equal than others! Paraphrased from
    Animal Farm.

  • “Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses”

    Juvenal

    Rome, 100 AD

  • Scott

    SOP for elitist progressives. Like Joe noted from Animal Farm Ch 6:

    “Muriel,” she said, “read me the Fourth Commandment. Does it not say something about never sleeping in a bed?”

    With some difficulty Muriel spelt it out.

    “It says, ‘No animal shall sleep in a bed with sheets,'” she announced finally.

    Curiously enough, Clover had not remembered that the Fourth Commandment mentioned sheets; but as it was there on the wall, it must have done so. And Squealer, who happened to be passing at this moment, attended by two or three dogs, was able to put the whole matter in its proper perspective.

    “You have heard then, comrades,” he said, “that we pigs now sleep in the beds of the farmhouse? And why not? You did not suppose, surely, that there was ever a ruling against beds? A bed merely means a place to sleep in. A pile of straw in a stall is a bed, properly regarded. The rule was against sheets, which are a human invention. We have removed the sheets from the farmhouse beds, and sleep between blankets. And very comfortable beds they are too! But not more comfortable than we need, I can tell you, comrades, with all the brainwork we have to do nowadays. You would not rob us of our repose, would you, comrades? You would not have us too tired to carry out our duties? Surely none of you wishes to see Jones back?”

    The animals reassured him on this point immediately, and no more was said about the pigs sleeping in the farmhouse beds. And when, some days afterwards, it was announced that from now on the pigs would get up an hour later in the mornings than the other animals, no complaint was made about that either.

  • jwing

    Your reference is shockingly true…Obama-phones and EBT cards are the new bread and circuses for the People of our time.

    Will it be written in the near future that the greatest experiment in self governance the world has ever known was eventually toppled by simply appealling to the lowest vices of sloth and selfishness? I so hope not, but if the baby-boom generation has its way, they will vote for more of the same so long as they can kick the bucket leaving a huge tab unpaid and chaos left over similar to the toga party pictured in the movie Animal House…how apropos.

  • Pzatchok

    Wait till after the midterms.

    The dems don’t want to do it now for fear of it being used against them in the midterms.

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