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4/25/2013

Bipartisan Congressional Asshattery

Filed under: General — JD @ 8:14 am

[Guest post by JD]

It appears that the CongressCritters are working behind the scenes to exempt their staff personnel from ObamaCare. Apparently they discovered that it will have an adverse impact on them. So, rather than get rid of the monstrous obamanation, they are just trying to exempt their own people. Small businesses, large businesses, self-employed people and America in general will just have to continue to live under this job killing, deficit exploding, economy crippling disaster.

But not Congress.

Update – Boehner denies this on Twitter, but given his recent track record, and willingness to capitulate, that is not the least bit reassuring.

Let them hear about it.

—JD

44 Comments

  1. Screw ‘em

    Comment by JD (b63a52) — 4/25/2013 @ 8:15 am

  2. Orangeman lies… he’s an invertebrate mammal.

    and a useless RINO POS.

    Comment by redc1c4 (403dff) — 4/25/2013 @ 8:18 am

  3. PS: got a link to his tweet?

    Comment by redc1c4 (403dff) — 4/25/2013 @ 8:19 am

  4. consider the source … Politico … just trying to tar the GOP with the Democrat leadership brush …

    Comment by JeffC (488234) — 4/25/2013 @ 8:19 am

  5. my bet is Politico added the “both parties” part of the story …

    Comment by JeffC (488234) — 4/25/2013 @ 8:20 am

  6. My government makes me want to puke.

    Comment by Steve57 (da9e0e) — 4/25/2013 @ 8:20 am

  7. JeffC – I did not notice that. Good catch. Maybe Boner is telling the truth, this time.

    Comment by JD (b63a52) — 4/25/2013 @ 8:32 am

  8. And tomorrow will bring another sucker punch.

    Comment by mg (31009b) — 4/25/2013 @ 8:34 am

  9. Shocka . . . or something.

    Comment by Icy (1d544c) — 4/25/2013 @ 8:39 am

  10. Can’t wait for all the pre-passage sound bites proclaiming that we’re all in this together and ObamaCare will provide better health care for less money (not a dime more), and besides we’ll always have the option of keeping our current health insurance.

    Comment by ropelight (1c4d9c) — 4/25/2013 @ 10:02 am

  11. Something doesn’t make sense. The exchanges are for people who are self-employed or whose employers don’t provide health insurance.

    Presumably, everybody working on Capitol Hill has health insurance, with premiums (mostly) paid by Congress. And presumably, unlike employers in the private sector, Congress isn’t going to end its plan and dump its employees on to one of the exchanges, making Congress one of the few places where an employee would be able to keep the health plan they now have.

    So, how would a Congressman or an aide find themselves needing to buy insurance through one of the exchanges? And if that’s not the case, why would they need to exempt themselves from those provisions?

    Comment by steve (369bc6) — 4/25/2013 @ 10:17 am

  12. For those opposed to the PPACA, I have yet to see any other solutions to our high health costs and 50 million uninsured Americans. That’s the real problem!

    Comment by Perry (d7a158) — 4/25/2013 @ 10:26 am

  13. It is for the subsidies, steve.

    Perry is lying about 50,000,000 uninsured in moderation. Still.

    Comment by JD (b63a52) — 4/25/2013 @ 10:36 am

  14. Washington Exempts Itself From Obamacare, Airport “Sequester” Delays

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-04-25/washington-exempts-itself-obamacare-airport-sequester-delays

    Two. Americas.

    Comment by happyfeet (c60db2) — 4/25/2013 @ 11:19 am

  15. Now you know why O is so intent on winning back Congress. It’s the only way this monstrous law, and his other crap sandwiches, will survive.

    Comment by Patricia (be0117) — 4/25/2013 @ 11:29 am

  16. They already exempted themselves. It’s only logical to exempt those that give them patronage and are part of their royal court.

    Comment by NJRob (fe68e7) — 4/25/2013 @ 12:09 pm

  17. They should allow congresspeople and aides to be exempt if and only if they voted against the damn thing.

    Now, is there a way to get California’s government workers into the state-run exchange?

    Comment by Kevin M (bf8ad7) — 4/25/2013 @ 1:38 pm

  18. Evidently, after passing it, they found out what was in it.

    Comment by Whitey Nisson (0a4839) — 4/25/2013 @ 2:35 pm

  19. Comment by Whitey Nisson (0a4839) — 4/25/2013 @ 2:35 pm

    Maybe they finally finished reading it…

    Comment by MD in Philly (3d3f72) — 4/25/2013 @ 2:53 pm

  20. Mr Nisson – now they can’t even agree on what is in it, and new regulations continue to be pumped out. Waxman-scape was arguing that the subsidies would be afforded, while the others were arguing the opposite. They should just deem this law to be whatever the Dems feel like.

    Comment by JD (afbaef) — 4/25/2013 @ 2:54 pm

  21. MD wrote:

    Maybe they finally finished reading it…

    No, maybe their aides finally finished reading it for them, and telling them what was in it.

    Comment by The cynical Dana (af9ec3) — 4/25/2013 @ 3:19 pm

  22. Gingrich had Congress pass a law that made them all subject to the laws they passed. I don’t remember if health insurance was part of it nut I’ll bet it was the first thing reversed when the Democrats took over in 2007. That was right after they defunded the border fence bill passed a month or so before.

    Comment by Mike K (dc6ffe) — 4/25/2013 @ 7:43 pm

  23. “Maybe Boehner is telling the truth this time

    If so, that would be it would be the first time since he has been elected to Congress.

    Seriously, people, Boehner could completely control the House if he had a single conservative principle in his DNA. But he is a “big government “Republican. Everything he has, he owes to “big government.” He knows that and he will protect his interests.

    Comment by WarEagle82 (2b7355) — 4/25/2013 @ 7:43 pm

  24. Boehner is one of the few Congressmen to NOT use earmarks for his district. It’s why I have given him the benefit of the doubt for a long time.

    Comment by Mike K (dc6ffe) — 4/25/2013 @ 9:05 pm

  25. There’s a Congressperson who knows how to read?

    Tales were told of the ruling Ancient Sages who made the laws predating the Yellow Emperor. When they made a new law, they, themselves, only, had to live by it for a year. The next year, their court had to live by it. The next year, the royal city’s population. Then, if it was still found to be acceptable, everyone had to live by it.

    We seem to be doing this backwards. Maybe it’s the Ancient Sages we’re missing.

    For this troop, tar, feathers, and rails … and for anyone voting for any federal or state incumbent, too.

    Comment by htom (412a17) — 4/25/2013 @ 9:36 pm

  26. John Boehner’s record over his career in the House is the 8th most conservative of any who served at least six years in that period.

    The vitriol spewed at him from supposed conservatives is ill-founded. But on the internet, it has become de rigueur to decry any Republican who deviates from your personal party line as a RINO. Few have escaped this attack.

    One wonders if a converted Democrat who was a former union official and who signed the nation’s most liberal abortion law, and who initiated an unheard-of number of “public-private partnership” projects, and who was on his second marriage and had a gay son, could ever compete for the nomination these days – even if his name was Ronald Reagan.

    Comment by Estragon (19fa04) — 4/25/2013 @ 10:44 pm

  27. Bipartisan; any measure or movement sufficiently stupid or venal to attract opportunists from both political parties.

    Comment by C. S. P. Schofield (adb9dd) — 4/26/2013 @ 6:44 am

  28. 25. ‘John Boehner’s record..’

    Weasel words, Forest Child. Like being in the top decile of his HS class in Brooklyn does not guarantee a gradutes literacy. Only 37% get a diploma and 80% of those are functionally illiterate.

    Get specific or get lost.

    Comment by gary gulrud (dd7d4e) — 4/26/2013 @ 7:35 am

  29. “Right behind me, huh LT?”

    Comment by mojo (8096f2) — 4/26/2013 @ 7:42 am

  30. “Weasel words, Forest Child.”

    The Aryan Branch of the Conservative Wing speaks.

    Comment by daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 4/26/2013 @ 8:24 am

  31. Put-Your-Est-Rag-On bleated: John Boehner’s record over his career in the House is the 8th most conservative of any who served at least six years in that period.

    – Anyone that ties their crying towel onto a stick and waves it around like a white flag while saying, “Obamacare is the law of the land,” isn’t the ’8th most conservative’ ANYTHING.

    Comment by Icy (39750e) — 4/26/2013 @ 8:43 am

  32. “Get specific or get lost.”

    Icy – Irony is lost on gary. Dawg!

    PURITY!!!!!!

    Comment by daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 4/26/2013 @ 9:27 am

  33. If it’s a tax, does the repeal have to originate in the House? If the GOP is smart, they’ll call for repeal prior to the next elections, and campaign against the idiots who continue to support it.

    Comment by rochf (f3fbb0) — 4/26/2013 @ 1:23 pm

  34. “If the GOP is smart, they’ll call for repeal prior to the next elections, and campaign against the idiots who continue to support it.”

    rochf – The House already voted once to repeal it at the beginning of 2011 under Boehner’s leadership.

    Comment by daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 4/26/2013 @ 1:50 pm

  35. 31. Better luck next time daley, you almost snagged my pants cuff.

    Comment by gary gulrud (dd7d4e) — 4/26/2013 @ 9:04 pm

  36. Imagine that, a GOP stunt amendment leads to implementation problems.

    Comment by geoff (092110) — 4/27/2013 @ 12:32 pm

  37. “Imagine that, a GOP stunt amendment leads to implementation problems.”

    geoff – Ooooh, A for effort there cupcake. Democrats get caught and try to blame embarrassment on bill written behind closed doors on Republicans. Nobody saw that one coming!

    Comment by daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 4/27/2013 @ 1:06 pm

  38. 35. Imagine that, a GOP stunt amendment leads to implementation problems.

    Comment by geoff (092110) — 4/27/2013 @ 12:32 pm

    Right. The entire abortion that is Obamacare is an implementation problem. The “stunt” amendment was proposed by Grassley. And he proposed that Congress experience these implementation problems along with everyone else.

    The language that is causing unique problems for Congress was actually Reid’s doing. Of course, all the language that will cause everyone unique problems was put in by Democrats like Reid.

    But it isn’t like I’d expect you to know what you’re talking about.

    Comment by Steve57 (da9e0e) — 4/27/2013 @ 1:24 pm

  39. “Democrats get caught and try to blame embarrassment on bill written behind closed doors on Republicans”

    Democrats get caught? The headline calls this bipartisan. And you really don’t know the provenance of this section of the bill?

    “And he proposed that Congress experience these implementation problems along with everyone else.”

    But that’s not what this amendment does. The amendment means that members and congressional staffers can’t get employee subsidies. Which is not a problem experienced by “everyone else.”

    Comment by geoff (aee97b) — 4/27/2013 @ 2:14 pm

  40. In so far, as the people who said you have to ‘vote for it to know what’s in it’ are at the forefront of this operation, crunchy irony.

    Comment by narciso (3fec35) — 4/27/2013 @ 2:16 pm

  41. “Democrats get caught? The headline calls this bipartisan. And you really don’t know the provenance of this section of the bill?”

    geoff – How many Republicans voted for Obamacare?

    Comment by daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 4/27/2013 @ 2:40 pm

  42. Congressional Democrats attempt stunt excuses when caught trying to exempt themselves from onerous provisions of unpopular bill they rammed through congress.

    Comment by daleyrocks (bf33e9) — 4/27/2013 @ 2:46 pm

  43. 39. “Democrats get caught and try to blame embarrassment on bill written behind closed doors on Republicans”

    Democrats get caught? The headline calls this bipartisan. And you really don’t know the provenance of this section of the bill?

    We know the provenance of this section of the law. You don’t. Sen. Grassley introduced a measure mandating that Congress wouldn’t be exempt. Sen. Reid is responsible for drafting that section of the bill. Grassley did not write it. Grassley certainly isn’t responsible for the vague language that makes it unclear if the Office of Personnel Management, which would administer Congressional health care coverage, decides whether or not the federal government picks up 75% of the cost. That’s the deal they’ve been getting in the past. But that’s not how Obamacare is written, and Obamacare changes the rules.

    That’s the issue. Will these people get their health care subsidized at the same rate they formerly did if they buy through the exchanges.

    It’s not Grassley’s fault the Democrats didn’t think of the details when they cobbled this together.

    “And he proposed that Congress experience these implementation problems along with everyone else.”

    But that’s not what this amendment does. The amendment means that members and congressional staffers can’t get employee subsidies. Which is not a problem experienced by “everyone else.”

    Comment by geoff (aee97b) — 4/27/2013 @ 2:14 pm

    I take it you don’t know the meaning of word unique. As used in my previous comment.

    The language that is causing unique problems for Congress was actually Reid’s doing. Of course, all the language that will cause everyone unique problems was put in by Democrats like Reid.

    The entire bill was signed into law with this and who knows how many Easter Eggs like it in place. And the GOP isn’t responsible for writing one word of the monstrosity.

    Who cares if others won’t experience the exact same problems as the idiots who wrote it? I don’t. Lots of people are experiencing their own unique problems because of the idiocy the Democrats have foisted upon us. Let Congress lie in its own bed, if they’re not going to unmake the beds they want the rest of us to lie in.

    Comment by Steve57 (da9e0e) — 4/27/2013 @ 3:24 pm

  44. http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2013/04/25/obamacare-and-the-congressional-circus/#more-823711

    The countdown began, and ended this afternoon when Harry Reid announced that the problem they spent months in secret negotiations trying to fix doesn’t actually exist, in his expert opinion, and thus would not require legislation that reeked of hypocrisy. So what actually happened? As Ezra Klein explained at the Washington Post, during the ObamaCare negotiations Chuck Grassley had proposed, and Congress subsequently passed, an amendment that requires congressional offices to purchase their health insurance policies from the insurance exchanges set up by ObamaCare. Grassley’s amendment was designed to embarrass Democrats by forcing them to reject part of ObamaCare as good enough for the ragged masses but not for them. Democrats, instead, accepted the amendment.

    Democrats thought they had won the battle by meeting Grassley’s dare head-on. But there was a problem: the law excludes from those exchanges, in most cases, large employers–a category that includes the federal government. Which meant Hill staffers might have to foot the entire bill for their health insurance–of course made even more expensive thanks to ObamaCare–because the Grassley amendment, which Democrats so proudly accepted, put them into a strange new category Klein refers to as a regulatory limbo. They’ve been arguing ever since over what this means, with the fear that their staffers will all quit on them when they see the price tag on their shiny new health insurance plans.

    In other words, the United States Congress has no idea what the law says or how to comply with it. But at least they’re not hypocrites, so don’t you feel better?

    …Along the way, they treated the amendment process like a game of frat house beer pong, and their personal pride determined which amendments got through. Unsurprisingly, they passed amendments that made a hash of the law, because they didn’t read the law before enacting it.

    …Now that the public found out, Reid says there’s no need to take any action, that the law as written won’t do what they thought it might (he’s probably right). But Reid is a senator, not emperor, so he doesn’t get to make that decision–it’s up to the Office of Personnel Management. Reid’s statement, Klein notes, “doesn’t say much about what will happen if OPM doesn’t rule as Reid hopes.” It’s almost as if he’s not planning ahead.

    The only responsible thing to do was to vote against this bill. That’s the problem, not the amendment Grassley proposed. The Democrats accepted his amendment without considering the possible ramifications because, as the author notes, there was no way they could know.

    Not even the people drafting this bill know what’s in it or what impact it will have on them. So let the chips fall where they may. Because that’s the same boat they’ve put everyone else in.

    Comment by Steve57 (da9e0e) — 4/27/2013 @ 4:16 pm

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