In a recent interview with Politico, Representative John Larson (D-CT) explained that the President’s signature piece of legislation is “unfair” and should immediately be challenged. Of course he has no problem with the Federal government strong arming states into Federal Healthcare Exchanges or punishing employers for hiring full time workers. . . He’s not even concerned about the infringement on religious liberties through the now infamous “birth-control mandate.” Instead, the Connecticut Democrat finds the piece of legislation known as Obamacare deeply unfair because it requires congressional staffers – and members of congress – to enroll in the Federally Subsidized Exchanges.
That’s right. Representative Larson finds it horrifically “unfair” that he and his staff will be relegated to the same system that is expected to be imposed on tens of millions of Americans. The Democrat, who was among the leadership in his party when healthcare reform was passed, said “this is simply not fair to these employees. They are federal employees.” Maybe they should get a better union?
According to Politico: The Affordable Care Act — signed into law in 2010 — contained a provision known as the Grassley Amendment, which said the government can only offer members of Congress and their staff plans that are “created” in the bill or “offered through an exchange” — unless the bill is amended.
There seems to be near unanimous support for the repeal or alteration to this particular mandate within the law. Of course some lawmakers and conservative groups are inclined to ask: why not toss out the entire law? Many people on the right will, no doubt, feel a sense of schadenfreude as legislators come to the dawning realization that, on occasion, they have to follow the very rules they wrote.
Many Democrats and Republicans have pointed out that the inferior insurance plans (Ya know. . . The ones that you and I will most likely be relegated to after our current insurance is priced out of existence) will have a negative impact on the retention of congressional staffers. Representative Jo Bonner (R-AL) said that the threat of losing their current insurance plans have already caused a number of staff members to leave the Hill.
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