Dear me! What a terrible problem for “our” hard working members of the Congress and the dedicated members of their staffs! Surely, there is no reason why they should suffer the adverse consequences of congressional actions; those were only meant for the little people.
This is my favorite quote from the article – because it ranks right up there in the presumably unintended irony category.
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.” [Emphasis added.]
Republicans, never a fan of Democratic health care reform, are more vocal about the potential adverse effects of the provision.
Not all pigs can be equal! So what if the most equal pigs don’t bother to read legislation before it passes; that’s not their job. Former Speaker Pelosi was right – “But we have to pass the [health care] bill so that you can find out what’s in it….”
The ship is sinking! CongressCritters to the lifeboats. They will leave behind messages assuring those remaining on the ship of their sincere, heartfelt hopes for a continued pleasant voyage.
Dozens of lawmakers and aides are so afraid that their health insurance premiums will skyrocket next year thanks to Obamacare that they are thinking about retiring early or just quitting.
The fear: Government-subsidized premiums will disappear at the end of the year under a provision in the health care law that nudges aides and lawmakers onto the government health care exchanges, which could make their benefits exorbitantly expensive.
Democratic and Republican leaders are taking the issue seriously, but first they need more specifics from the Office of Personnel Management on how the new rule should take effect – a decision that Capitol Hill sources expect by fall, at the latest. The administration has clammed up in advance of a ruling, sources on both sides of the aisle said.
If the issue isn’t resolved, and massive numbers of lawmakers and aides bolt, many on Capitol Hill fear it could lead to…
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