It’s official, the United States has a Ruling Class and it is no longer being hidden or denied. Obama and the Congress have just decided that they don’t want to play by the same rules as the rest of us. Big surprise that the Office of Personnel Management, under pressure from Capitol Hill and Obama, has said that they will issue a ruling that states government can keep making contributions to the health care premiums of members of Congress and their aides. In other words, “we” the “serfs” will be paying for Congress and their staff to keep their “Cadillac health plans” and subsidies while we, the hard-working taxpayer lose ours or face enormous premium hikes.
Here is another example of how this administration and Congress randomly decide which laws they like and which ones they don’t. For those of us paying attention we remember that Sen. Chuck Grassley, (R-Iowa) added a clause into the original text of the Affordable Care Act that said members of Congress and their aides MUST be covered by plans created by the law or offered through an exchange.
Before Obamacare, Congress and their staff were covered by a health care plan that was considered “golden”. This was being paid for by the taxpayers. Under Obamacare and Grassley’s provision, Congress and staff would be subject to the exact same treatment as the rest of us. In other words, if government payments stopped, lawmakers and their aides would have been looking at thousands of dollars in additional premium payments. (Just like the rest of us.) Before Obamacare, the government contributed almost 75% to their premium payments.
When they finally got around to “finding out what was in the bill”, Capitol Hill started wringing their hands and hyperventilating. With Grassley’s provision in there, that would mean that, gasp, they would have to live by the same rules as the rest of and they just could not let that happen.
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