Sunday, April 18, 2010

Least Surprising News of the Day

I previously pointed out that Obamacare exempts its authors, specifically Congressional committee and leadership staff. Lefties denied it, but the loophole is law, says the National Journal:
House GOP aides and the non-partisan Congressional Research Service believe health care legislation passed this week requires lawmakers to enroll in government-run insurance programs -- while exempting leadership staffers, many of whom were instrumental in crafting the bill.

Top staffers buzzed yesterday on an off-the-record Capitol Hill list-serv, citing the part of the mammoth legislation that deals with members of Congress. The federal government can only make available to members and their official staffs health plans created by the bill or offered through an exchange.

But a member's staff, in a subsection of the bill, is defined as "full-time and part-time employees employed by the official office of a Member of Congress, whether in Washington, DC or outside of Washington, DC." CRS has interpreted that clause to mean the bill applies only to a personal office, not to committee staff or leadership staff.
Republicans tried to delete the exemption, but were rebuffed.

This is what happens when, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi successfully championed, you pass a law "so that you can find out what is in it." Now we know--next time, read the bill first.

(via Politico)


A_Nonny_Mouse said...

As I recall, "READ THE BILL!" was one of the popular signs (and chants) during the FIRST wave of Tea Parties (after some of the egregious earmarks of the Stimulus bill had been made public).

However, none of the Demo-Puppets in Congress have seen fit to read anything prior to voting yes per their Masters Reid and Pelosi.

Myself, I'd call it deliberate malfeasance and try to bring these elected dolts up on charges. But then again, I'm just a racist TeaBagger and Bill Clinton thinks I'm just like Tim McVeigh.

PS-word verif = "puling"
Yep, I'm whining....

OBloodyHell said...

"Rules for thee, but not for me..."

One of the finest justifications for revolution ever created by the mind of government.

Marc said...

It's called instant gratification.

It feels good when you pass it. Damn the long term effects.