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Lawmakers, aides may get Obamacare exemption
Politico ^ | 4-24-2013 | BRESNAHAN and JAKE SHERMAN

Posted on 04/24/2013 7:36:10 PM PDT by smoothsailing

Lawmakers, aides may get Obamacare exemption

By JOHN BRESNAHAN and JAKE SHERMAN | 4/24/13 9:49 PM EDT

Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, sources in both parties said.

The talks — which involve Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Obama administration and other top lawmakers — are extraordinarily sensitive, with both sides acutely aware of the potential for political fallout from giving carve-outs from the hugely controversial law to 535 lawmakers and thousands of their aides. Discussions have stretched out for months, sources said.

A source close to the talks says: “Everyone has to hold hands on this and jump, or nothing is going to get done.”

Yet if Capitol Hill leaders move forward with the plan, they risk being dubbed hypocrites by their political rivals and the American public. By removing themselves from a key Obamacare component, lawmakers and aides would be held to a different standard than the people who put them in office.

Democrats, in particular, would take a public hammering as the traditional boosters of Obamacare. Republicans would undoubtedly attempt to shred them over any attempt to escape coverage by it, unless Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) give Democrats cover by backing it....

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: congress; corruption; criminalcongress; democrats; exemption; obama; obamacare; royalty; scum

1 posted on 04/24/2013 7:36:10 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Perfect.


2 posted on 04/24/2013 7:37:36 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: smoothsailing

...with not the least bit of shame.
they will need more security in the coming months


3 posted on 04/24/2013 7:39:16 PM PDT by dontreadthis
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To: smoothsailing
They should have no exemptions.
All law makers should abide by the same laws they make for everyone else.
I would not mind that in the constitution.

4 posted on 04/24/2013 7:41:17 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: smoothsailing

The voters should rip the bark off these bastards.Secret talks?That alone should be enough to get them all kicked out.


5 posted on 04/24/2013 7:41:23 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: smoothsailing

Federal employees and federal retirees are exempt from Obamacare.


6 posted on 04/24/2013 7:41:42 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: smoothsailing

Federal employees = The cloud dwellers, living in luxury.

Everyone else = The troglodytes, mining xenite with their hands.


7 posted on 04/24/2013 7:43:52 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Signalman

There is a provision in the Act requiring that Congressional members and their aides join the exchanges. That’s what this is about.


8 posted on 04/24/2013 7:47:45 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Farmer Dean
If Boehner or McConnell facilitate this in any way, they should be tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail.

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9 posted on 04/24/2013 7:50:41 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

10 posted on 04/24/2013 7:51:58 PM PDT by Theoria
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To: dontreadthis

“they will need more security in the coming months”

As another Freeper put so perfectly:

“One day closer to street justice.”


11 posted on 04/24/2013 7:57:14 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: BitWielder1

Be Patient,

This is just the first crack in the dam, when the flood starts everyone will get an exemption.

They may even call it “the universal exemption act”

They won’t call it repeal. You have let people save face.


12 posted on 04/24/2013 7:59:30 PM PDT by staytrue
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To: smoothsailing

I understand. But this does not affect active federal employees of the executive branch and federal retirees. We (I’m a federal retiree. 34 years, active duty US Army, Defense Dept. and FAA) are in the Federal Employee Health Benefit Program (FEHBP) and are exempt from the provisions of Obamacare. At least for now.


13 posted on 04/24/2013 7:59:40 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: smoothsailing

The morons finally read the bill and didn’t like “what’s in it.” It’s too bad Americans don’t have that same opportunity.


14 posted on 04/24/2013 8:04:46 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (I got expelled from the "fundamental transformation" indoctrination center.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Anyone exempt from this trash clown-car law should be arrested and deported to Chechnya.


15 posted on 04/24/2013 8:07:36 PM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: Signalman

My husband is DOD. Are all federal employees exempt? This is unfair. I think of my kids, nieces, nephews....this is wrong.


16 posted on 04/24/2013 8:12:53 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness)
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To: smoothsailing

Just keep telling yourself “Politco only wants the best for Republicans.” The best torture, the best grave, the best of the worst!


17 posted on 04/24/2013 8:17:01 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: Signalman

That’s part of why its such bad law. All the damn exemptions and waivers. Hopefully this whole sorry statist scheme called Obamacare will die before it causes any more damage.


18 posted on 04/24/2013 8:19:52 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Rembrandt

LOL. Yeah, they really care, don’t they! :)


19 posted on 04/24/2013 8:22:10 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

If it’s so wonderful, why are so many asking for(and getting) exemptions from it?


20 posted on 04/24/2013 8:27:42 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: smoothsailing

If these scumbags actually pull this off, some Americans may decide it’s time for a change.
Big change.


21 posted on 04/24/2013 8:38:53 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: smoothsailing
Hopefully this whole sorry statist scheme called Obamacare will die before it causes any more damage.

It won't die by itself. Boner and the Republicans have to kill it, and they can do that whenever they wish since the House controls the purse strings.

22 posted on 04/24/2013 8:41:49 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Hopefully they’ll ram the “Universal Exemption Act” through Congress and we’ll all be off the hook. I don’t think I’ll hold my breath, though.


23 posted on 04/24/2013 8:44:15 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

The bills drafters which include some of the losers resulting from the tea party rebellion have been excluded.


24 posted on 04/24/2013 8:48:50 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause..Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: Lancey Howard
... and they can do that whenever they wish since the House controls the purse strings.

So long as there is no Congressionally-approved budget, expenditures are controlled by the current services baseline budget and an assigned escalator.

That's exactly why Dingy Harry and the Senate have not submitted a budget for four years.

Under the circumstances, the ONLY control the House can have on expenditures is a.) the continuing resolution and b.) the debt limit -- neither of which allow for cutting any specific expenditures unless the Senate agrees. The House simply doesn't have the Constitutionally-assigned initiative regarding the purse strings.

Obviously, the Senate won't agree to any cuts of Obamacare.

Checkmate.

25 posted on 04/24/2013 8:54:20 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: smoothsailing

They don’t represent the citizens.

They represent themselves and anyone else who can afford them.


26 posted on 04/24/2013 8:59:19 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Welcome to Obama-Land - EVERYTHING NOT FORBIDDEN IS COMPULSORY)
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To: smoothsailing

The bastards support open borders, weaponizing incoming
terrorists, shifting taxpayer money to slavers and worse,
and giving THEMSELVES and terrorists breaks from the laws.


27 posted on 04/24/2013 9:03:13 PM PDT by Diogenesis (De Oppresso Liber)
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To: smoothsailing

Bow to our overlords! No wonder they want us disarmed!!!


28 posted on 04/24/2013 9:08:33 PM PDT by Fledermaus (I'm done with the GOP. Let them wither and die. We need to start over.)
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To: Diogenesis

Yep....makes no difference which side of the aisle...Bonehead’s in the thick of the “secret” negotiations with Dingy Harry.


29 posted on 04/24/2013 9:34:10 PM PDT by Jane Long (Background checks? Dandy idea, Mr. President. Shoulda started with yours. - Sarah Palin)
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To: smoothsailing

bump


30 posted on 04/25/2013 3:54:02 AM PDT by lowbridge
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To: smoothsailing

One cannot make this stuff up !! When do they want CW II to start? Does Big Sis have enough ammo yet?


31 posted on 04/25/2013 11:19:58 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: smoothsailing

Politico floats stuff like this all the time to drive a wedge between TEA party movement and GOP leadership. Hopefully Sen. McConnell and Speaker Boehner will be asked about this by a credible media reporter and put the issue to rest. If not, they might as well plan their retirement now.


32 posted on 04/25/2013 8:17:38 PM PDT by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
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To: anymouse

You’re right about Politico. Forbes has a more recent article that offers their take on what Congress is fretting about...

http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2013/04/25/is-congress-really-attempting-a-last-minute-end-run-to-exempt-itself-from-obamacare/


33 posted on 04/25/2013 9:11:12 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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