Comment: It was hypocrisy enough that the Hill committee staffers who wrote Obamacare exempted themselves from the law. Now comes word that the rest of Capitol Hill wants out from under Obamacare, too. YOU GOT SOME NERVE! You foist this monstrosity on the rest of us, ram it down our throats by every execrable means possible without consent of the governed, then turn around and say it shouldn’t apply to you? If it’s going to be a “trainwreck” as author of the bill Senator Max Baucus now admits, YOU FIRST!
“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.”
“The mandate on health exchanges doesn’t cover everyone. Aides in lawmakers’ personal offices must obtain health care through the exchanges but not committee staff. Lawmakers and aides older than 65 are covered by Medicare.”
Lawmakers, aides may get Obamacare exemption
Authors: John Bresnahan, Jake Sherman