Panic Hits D.C. As Lawmakers And Their Aides Realize That ObamaCare Is Going To Screw Them Too

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.

The Daley Gator

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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About danmillerinpanama

I was graduated from Yale University in 1963 with a B.A. in economics and from the University of Virginia School of law, where I was the notes editor of the Virginia Law Review in 1966. Following four years of active duty with the Army JAG Corps, with two tours in Korea, I entered private practice in Washington, D.C. specializing in communications law. I retired in 1996 to sail with my wife, Jeanie, on our sailboat Namaste to and in the Caribbean. In 2002, we settled in the Republic of Panama and live in a very rural area up in the mountains. I have contributed to Pajamas Media and Pajamas Tatler. In addition to my own blog, Dan Miller in Panama, I an an editor of Warsclerotic and contribute to China Daily Mail when I have something to write about North Korea.
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7 Responses to Panic Hits D.C. As Lawmakers And Their Aides Realize That ObamaCare Is Going To Screw Them Too

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  2. Tom Carter says:

    More and more comes out about the strange little things hidden away in the ACA. It may be that enough Democrats will become disillusioned enough to join with Republicans in repealing it. Of course, Obama would almost certainly veto the repeal, but that would really piss off the peeps….

    The Chief Justice didn’t do the country any favors when he came up with that strained decision that turned a penalty into a tax. An speaking of which, I wonder how many people today like the idea of the IRS enforcing ObamaCare?

  3. boudicabpi says:

    Reblogged this on BPI reblog and commented:
    Panic Hits D.C. As Lawmakers And Their Aides Realize That ObamaCare Is Going To Screw Them Too

  4. Tex says:

    My favorite was this: “many on Capitol Hill fear it could lead to a brain drain just as Congress tackles a slew of weighty issues”

    Brain drain…in Congress?!?!?! PLEASE!

    • Whatever brains they may once have had that were not dedicated to their own self interest turned to mush quite a while ago. So let them drain. I wonder if anyone there knows how to mop up the mush.

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