I cannot stop laughing at how ridiculous this situation has become. Really. P.A.T.H.E.T.I.C. What WERE the democrats expecting from their own leadership? Warm fuzzies?
Select congressional leadership staffers — some of whom wrote the health insurance act — are not governed by new rules governing millions of Americans and the rest of their colleagues on how they buy insurance — and the special exemption has the Hill hopping mad
Come 2014, all 100 U.S. senators, all 435 representatives in the House and every one of their personal aides will have to go to the newly formed state exchanges for health insurance — just like everyone else in the country who isn’t covered by their employer.
But select congressional leadership staffers — some of whom wrote the health insurance act — won’t. And neither will White House staffers and Cabinet members — nor the president himself. They will be allowed to keep their current plans, which are offered to all other federal employees.
And now many congressional aides who like their current health insurance policies and will be forced to switch are asking: Why?
They want to know: If an exchange is good enough for them, why isn’t it good enough for the people who wrote the plan? Why isn’t it good enough for the president and his Cabinet?
Mass e-mails have been circulating among congressional aides on both sides of the aisle as they voice their objections to what they are calling a double standard in the health care law President Obama signed on Tuesday.
“If it’s such a good bill, why did the people who wrote the bill exempt themselves from it?” asked a Republican aide who requested anonymity. “With this administration it’s always, ‘Do as I say, not as I do,’ just like paying your taxes!”
“If we’re forced on the exchange, then everyone should be,” a Democratic staffer said.
“If this health care bill is so great, then why are Obama’s staff exempt?” a GOP aide scoffed. “If we have to give up our health care, then so should every federal employee.”
It remains unclear why the law was written this way. Efforts to understand the reasoning behind the carving out of leadership staff from this part of the new law were unsuccessful. Phone and e-mail requests for comment from the committees involved in the drafting of the Senate bill were either directed elsewhere or not returned.
BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! OMG! I’m rolling on the floor. “IT REMAINS UNCLEAR…” AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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