Currently congress-people and their staffs have 75% of their premiums paid for by the taxpayer. The plans they enjoy are also top notch. Top, top notch.
But because of the way Obamacare was written, the law we needed to pass before we knew what was in it, lawmakers and their aides are about to be thrown into the vortex of the Obamacare healthcare “exchanges.” And guess what? They don’t want to go down the hole.
Now, it’s perfectly OK for the average American to deal with this nightmare.
House Democratic leadership says the issue must be resolved.
“The leadership has assured members that fixing this issue is a top priority,” said one Democratic leadership aide. “This issue must be fixed by administrative action in order that the flawed Grassley Amendment’s spirit is honored and all staff and members are treated the same.”
It could be politically difficult to change this provision. The provision was put in the bill in the first place on the theory that if Congress was going to make the country live under the provisions of Obamacare, the members and staff should have to as well.
But for the members of the House and Senate who voted for the colossal mistake which is Obamacare, or as I like to call it “Obama’s Iraq,” the “Affordable Care Act” is a burden they’d just assume not deal with. They are federal employees after all. A special imperial class.
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.”
Good enough for you. Not good enough for them.