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Reid defends Obamacare exemption for Congress: ĎThatís what the law saysí
The Daily Caller ^ | 9/12/2013

Posted on 09/12/2013 1:21:03 PM PDT by markomalley

Senate majority leader Harry Reid defended the special Obamacare exemptions carved out for lawmakers and their staff on Thursday during a Capitol press conference, insisting that Congress members and staff will participate in Obamacare’s exchanges.

Responding to the hoopla surrounding the health insurance policies on Capitol Hill, the Nevada Democrat flatly stated Thursday, “That’s what the law says, and we’ll be part of that.”

Reid said the Republicans and critics are just using the issue as a “diversion” to “try and embarrass the president.”

“Let’s stop these really juvenile political games,” Reid said. “The one dealing with healthcare for Senators and House members and our staff. We are going to be part of exchanges.”

The Office of Personnel Management announced in August that it plans to provide a subsidy of about 75 percent of the cost for the healthcare of members and staff.

The Obamacare fix for lawmakers and staff was made because the Affordable Care Act includes an amendment from a Republican senator that changes how the government currently covers most of the cost of health-care premiums for members and their staffers.

The new law mandates that members and staff must enter into exchanges or be covered by insurance “created” by law.

Lawmakers worried about a potential “brain drain” — Capitol Hill staffers leaving work because of the increased costs of health care — and therefore wanted the fix.

While Republicans are protesting the subsidy, Reid argued it’s typical for employers to pay for healthcare costs of employees.

“We’ll be treated like the rest of the federal employees,” he said Thursday. “It’s nothing unique that employers help pay for health care. Ford Motor Company, Sears, doesn’t matter.”


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abortion; congress; corruption; deathpanels; democrats; fraud; nowyouknowwhatsinit; obama; obamacare; obamacarewaiver; pelosi; reid; zerocare

1 posted on 09/12/2013 1:21:03 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley
Reid said. “The one dealing with healthcare for Senators and House members and our staff. We are going to be part of exchanges.”

Liar!

2 posted on 09/12/2013 1:22:08 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: markomalley

(WWW.DONTFUNDOBAMACARE.COM)


3 posted on 09/12/2013 1:22:41 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is to defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: markomalley

what brain drain? though given it’s dc probably wouldn’t raise the average iq


4 posted on 09/12/2013 1:23:20 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (We should not fear our government. Our government should fear us.)
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To: markomalley
That’s what the law says, and we’ll be part of that.”

Impressive line of reasoning. Dingy Harry is using his middle-finger brain again.

5 posted on 09/12/2013 1:24:11 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: markomalley

The Funeral Director speaks.


6 posted on 09/12/2013 1:28:04 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: markomalley
In other words, "Let them eat cake."

My God I pray this evil man gets what he deserves - in this life. I'd rather not wait until the after-life.

7 posted on 09/12/2013 1:28:40 PM PDT by eCSMaster (Palin was right (again)!)
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To: markomalley
Sounds almost Kafkaesque.
8 posted on 09/12/2013 1:32:26 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: markomalley

I knew the fix was in a long time ago. Didn’t any of you? But, I will write to the two bimbos who are my senators and my representative, anyway.


9 posted on 09/12/2013 1:32:28 PM PDT by Parmy
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To: markomalley

Some animals are more equal than others!


10 posted on 09/12/2013 1:36:07 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (From time to time the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.)
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To: markomalley
"The Office of Personnel Management announced in August that it plans to provide a subsidy of about 75 percent of the cost for the healthcare of members and staff."

NO...that's the TAXPAYER, not the OPM, that provides the money....the Government HAS NO MONEY...it's Taxpayers that fund the entire plantation in Washington, DC, you dumbass.

11 posted on 09/12/2013 1:37:29 PM PDT by traditional1 (Amerika.....Providing public housing for the Mulatto Messiah)
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To: markomalley
the obozo care clearly is going to kill the health services industry and many Americans along with it and break the bank in the process. It's also clear that's been the plan all along. Not one conservative radio talk show or TV news host has uttered the word corruption nor has anyone tagged those politicians who have lied to the people about the obozo care as being liars and corrupt. NOT ONE!! Why not?? Not because it just goes without saying and everybody just accepts it. Its time somebody publicly challenges this government on the level of corruption that has become the normal procedure from which it operates. Even Ted Cruz, Mike Lee nor Rand Paul have mentioned the word CORRUPTION as it applies to this government. Again, why not. First identify the problem and then it can be fixed.
12 posted on 09/12/2013 1:42:35 PM PDT by drypowder
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To: drypowder

To harry dimwit reid: let’s follow the law as you want to...let’s arrest you and all the other criminals in WDC.


13 posted on 09/12/2013 1:45:24 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: markomalley

Lying or stupid, or both.


14 posted on 09/12/2013 1:48:02 PM PDT by I want the USA back
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To: I want the USA back
Lying or stupid, or both.

Nope,absolutely not stupid.Think back to Bella Pelosi's comment during the debate..."we'll just have to pass it to see what's in it".She was telling the truth when she said that they'd have to pass it so that *we*,the Great Unwashed,could see what's in it.But she was lying through her teeth when she implied that nobody in the Rat leadership knew what was in it.

THEY KNEW EXACTLY WHAT WAS IN IT.

15 posted on 09/12/2013 2:08:16 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

plans to provide a subsidy of about 75 percent of the cost

I sure wish someone was paying 75% of our over $1k a month health insurance costs. By the way, health insurance does not = healthcare.


16 posted on 09/12/2013 2:25:15 PM PDT by sheana
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To: markomalley

As Mr. Bumble said, “Then the law is an ass.”


17 posted on 09/12/2013 2:25:28 PM PDT by freedomson (Tagline comment removed by moderator)
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To: markomalley
Reid

Oh, pu-leeze...

18 posted on 09/12/2013 3:09:19 PM PDT by hummingbird (Don't be afraid of the big words.)
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To: markomalley

GOD he is such a POS. Almost at Obama level.


19 posted on 09/12/2013 3:12:06 PM PDT by Marathoner (Sarah Palin is our Esther, for such a time as this)
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To: markomalley
Reid said the Republicans and critics are just using the issue as a “diversion” to “try and embarrass the president.”

Reid and Obama are doing enough to embarrass themselves without Republican assistance.

20 posted on 09/12/2013 3:27:03 PM PDT by Rapscallion (Vlad the Impaler proposed no path to citizenhip. Consider that.)
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To: sheana

I tried to make the same argument when Hillarycare was being pushed. Having insurance has nothing to do with getting good care.


21 posted on 09/12/2013 4:07:49 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: markomalley

“Reid argued it’s typical for employers to pay for healthcare costs of employees”

Not these days it isn’t.


22 posted on 09/12/2013 4:17:50 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: markomalley

Voters of Nevada...please explain yourselves.


23 posted on 09/12/2013 4:39:53 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: markomalley
‘That’s what the law says’

As if it was handed down from God and inscribed in stone, Pinky Reid?
Sorry Pinky, you cheap crook, but you clowns in congress are hardly dieties.
The American people are not going to stand for your duplicity this time.
We The People will be exempt if you are.

24 posted on 09/12/2013 5:04:25 PM PDT by Amagi (God Save the Republic.)
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To: sheana
“By the way, health insurance does not = healthcare”

True. And a large number of people who stupidly thought they were going to start getting affordable health care are going to find out differently by Oct 1, 2013.

That's the final drop dead deadline where almost all USA employers are required by a related Dept of Labor law, to officially notify all current employees of exactly what the Democrat ONLY minions of Obama/Reid/Pelosi have wrought for the working class people of the USA.

It is important to remind everyone everyday, that no Republican, as in zero, in both the House and the Senate, voted for the ACA/Obamacare.

Not even the most execrable examples of former or current elected RINO Senators or House Representatives, signed their names to this nation killing fiasco.

25 posted on 09/12/2013 5:42:50 PM PDT by sarasmom (Extortion 17. A large number of Navy SEALs died on that mission. Ask why.)
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To: markomalley

The enemy is inside the wire

Point your weapons inward

Call Broken Arrow....I repeat Broken Arrow

The enemies we need to fight and destroy are in DC and elections will not fix what is broken. Face the facts people


26 posted on 09/12/2013 5:44:02 PM PDT by eartick (Been to the line in the sand and liked it)
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To: markomalley
Reid is lying. The law says no such thing. What the law actually says is that members of Congress will lose their current coverage upon passage of the bill and that they must join a government exchange beginning in 2014. During the interim, they must fend for themselves.

Of course no one in Congress actually obeyed this law, primarily because no one in Congress actually read the law. But ignorance of the law is no excuse. I would welcome anyone filing suit against Congress for violating their own law.

27 posted on 09/13/2013 6:03:44 AM PDT by Hoodat (BENGHAZI - 4 KILLED, 2 MIA)
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To: markomalley; GeronL; Revolting cat!
While Republicans are protesting the subsidy, Reid argued it’s typical for employersTAXPAYERS to pay for healthcare costs of employeesbenefits for the elected class and their staff.

Congress is also exempt from insider trading laws. The Lord knows it's because we don't pay those crooks enough as it is.

28 posted on 09/13/2013 6:16:29 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise

I like the provision that forces congress to follow its own laws, that does not happen very often. Since Congress already pays their health care, it is not a true additional cost, the increase in cost of the health care would be.

What I am concerned about, it the transferring of decision making in healthcare to government for “efficiency”. They can’t do it on time, and that is an indicator about whether the healthcare can be delivered “on time”.

Instead of being able to directly pay for service, and getting the service you and your doctor decide, an insurance company will be put in the middle. Since the politicians are involved in the rule making, there is always a loophole for the connected.

If denied a service/procedure that is not covered but needed there is little effective recourse by the “people who don’t count”, which is most people. “People who count” will get needed care, and it will be paid for by the masses. This is the lesson of the Soviet Union version of communism/socialism most people don’t get. The system will become less efficient because of bureaucracy and corruption, which means even less real care is available.

Obama care health care value=Current healthcare value -additional bureaucracy (inefficiencies)-additional corruption

Assuming typical Soviet type values of 30% for either and that is a system that is 40% of what we have now, for the same cost. Wonderful.

DK


29 posted on 09/13/2013 2:19:48 PM PDT by Dark Knight
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