Skip to comments.Congress Exempt from Obamacare in Last-Minute Deal
Posted on 08/05/2013 11:26:07 AM PDT by xzins
Senators, representatives, and their top aides will be able to stay under the current subsidized health care system.
That means they will continue to get a taxpayer-funded contribution to help pay for their health care premiums.
A last-minute deal worked out before Congress went on their five-week summer vacation gets lawmakers out of the original language of Obamacare, which said members and their aides had to use its health care plans.
Republicans like Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana slammed the move, calling it a "behind-closed-doors deal, announced right after Congress is safely away from the crime scene."
"This is exactly why America rightly hates Washington," Vitter charged. "Obamacare's a train wreck, even for Congress. So it gets fixed -- for Congress only. What the flip about fixing it for America?"
The Politburo always gets better medical care than the peasants. Doesnt everyone know that by now?
I’m pretty sure that Obamacare fazed out the old “subsidized” health insurance plans that gov’t employees had available. Rather than “exempting” the Gmen, which isn’t actually possible since there will be no place to “stay”, this new scheme is more of a payroll thing wherein the guy who writes their paychecks will be able to throw in a little “obamastash money” to cover some/most of the difference the Gmen will see when they go to a new plan such that their out-of-pocket will not change as much. They’re just being given a “raise” without re-publishing the pay scale.
I’m not saying it’s not a clusterflock but it appears to be managed as a payroll issue. The cute part is that, since thousands of people are involved, it’s not a small amount of money, and congress will eventually have to vote on the change in the congressional budget. In the short term the question to ask is “where the bleep did they get the money to hand out the raises to everybody?”
It is unimaginable how big a mess this obamacare thing is now.
I’d think that the Congressional republicans would be all over the news tonight spewing forth on how special exemptions get handed to everyone but employers, and that NOW that CONGRESS itself has been exempted that THAT gives the right to DEFUND specific portions of ObamaCare since they’ve been DRUG INTO IT, a separate branch of the government.
I'm almost 70 years old...if you young folks aren't 'in the streets' over this outrageous act...what will it take to get you worked up?
These politicians are acting like they're royals.
Mark my word, once they get these benefits, they'll go with them even when they leave congress.
You may not be able to afford your own but, you will pay these benefits for the 'royals' or you'll be jailed.
You better do something NOW!
I seem to recall that they make an income of approximately 4 times the average family of 4 income in the US. Yet, they admit that it is unaffordable to the upper class while forcing it down the working class’ pocketbook!
These people are sickening.
Support Mike Lee's effort to defund it: DontFundIt.com
No the have trained the public to except what they say years of dumbing down is paying off for them.
If you are afraid of a fight then perhaps you should stay on the curb, clap when necessary. I guess you have to decide whether you have anything worth defending. A fight isn’t a first choice for many of us but failure to fight when necessary is fatal. I drew my line about four decades ago after an unfair audit showed me there was always reason to fight to win. And remember you are not alone——there are something like 100 million of your closest friends out here who are armed to the teeth and not interested in taking cheap crap from heavy handed bureaucrats.———————Semper Fi
The first time the jack boots try that, will probably be the last. The country's like a dry prairie just waiting for the right spark to light it up. With odds at 100: 1, it's the last thing they want.
No, I expect the regime will punish folks through the courts and other alphabet agencies, for refusing to pay the fine. That's even if Obamacare survives that long. As soon as implementation begins, I expect to see a slew of lawsuits at the federal level. The exemptions they've granted so far, are clearly unconstitutional.
Well, you can, but who among us is going to have the intestinal fortitude to fight them in federal court over it? I seriously hope there are a few.
You’ll need two lists: one for supplies and one for traitors. Wouldn’t want to miss a traitor due to memory lapse, when the roundup comes.
Only those with deep pockets who don't really need to work...but they will be exempted anyway.
We’re going to have to put together a class action lawsuit, then. If that won’t work, then there’ll have to be a nationwide tax revolt to stop it.
Well, I guess you told me. I am not afraid of a fight, and will fight, but still don’t know what that really means in practical terms these days for an old lady. Stop paying my taxes? March on the Capital? Or just hunker down and prepare for the inevitable? We are taking cheap crap on a daily basis from this regime and their minions spread out across the Nation. I need to hear some specifics as to what to do & how to do it.
Obama’s move is not legal according to this:
You would be dead wrong there
Socialist and Marxist Oligarchies of the kind Obama is creating - REQUIRE bloodshed, chaos and misery. It's the final tool used to achieve total power
A domestic threat to their power and security is the justification they need in order to impose subjugation by force.
Why do you think they so desperately wanted to pin every act of violence in the last 5 years on "The right wing"?
Know history - it teaches this lesson well.
The Obama regime is already well ahead of us in terms of planning to rule with an iron fist. 1.6 billion rounds, tanks, drones and APCs at DHS aren't for Mexicans or Jihadists.
Know what time it is, because chains and then mass graves are our near future if we wait much longer to resist this crap.
I just called John Boehner’s office and SAID IT!!!!
...why in the world should we obey this law?
Don’t worry. We won’t.
Start asking all of your doctors what their cash price is.
Might as well. Likely won’t be any more than the regular and rising premiums being currently charged to cover your own care, but moreover, the care of others.
Might as well pay and KNOW you are paying for your OWN care, ONLY.
While we’re at it, let’s privatize the rest of society and kick these bums to the curb!!!!