” Capitol Hill is about to get up close and personal with Obamacare.
As in being covered by Obamacare next year.
During debate over the law in 2009, Republicans insisted that if members of Congress were going to put their fellow Americans into health care exchanges, they and their staffs should be in there, too.
“It’s necessary and only fair for Congress to live under the rules we pass for everyone else,” said Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, one of several Republicans who pushed for that requirement.
But vague language in this part of the law — which was passed three years ago this Saturday — has led to a slew of quirks and questions.
Staffers who work in lawmakers’ personal offices go into exchanges — but those who work for committees don’t. And the lawmakers themselves get Obamacare — unless they are among the roughly 40 senators and 115 House members on Medicare.
And there’s a big thorny unresolved question about money: whether members and staffers in exchanges will still get a significant part of their health insurance premiums subsidized by their employer, just like other government workers. If they lose that subsidy, it’s like getting a pay cut of several thousand dollars.
“The sad thing is, too many Americans will be dealing with this in 2014 — not just Hill staffers,” said Courtney Austin Lawrence, legislative director for Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.). “My general concern with the exchange and Obamacare goes far beyond my own individual coverage. I think it’s a bad policy for taxpayers, patients and physicians.” “
Illustration by Bob Gorrell
And while you’re at it ponder this graph from the CBO . Bear in mind that the actual spending stops at the 2009 level . That leaves three more years of actual spending to be added to bring us up to date .
” · UPSIDE DOWN – The combined number of people enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare–the government health-care programs for the poor, disabled and elderly–now exceeds the number of full-time private sector workers in the United States. “
America’s Youth ? Are You
Listening Hearing ?
” Thoughts on night three of the
” Barack Obama went into this convention essentially tied with Mitt Romney. Most voters want to think well of whoever is president but most voters dislike the current economy and disapprove of his economic policies. In these
circumstances I thought and think he needs a pivot, an indication of what new goals he would seek in a second term. We didn’t get that at this convention. Bill Clinton dramatically made the argument that no one–not even Bill Clinton–
could have done better. This will be credible to many voters, but probably not to some current
” President Obama’s Top 9 Biggest Lies”
“President Obama brazenly accused the Republicans of being liars, so it’s only fair game to look at the president’s own monumental
record of “fibs.”This list of Obama’s top ten biggest lies is by no means exhaustive.
An explanatory note is in order. A lie is something said to deliberately mislead people or is otherwise a broken promise that one could
honor. One of the reasons it has been deemed politically incorrect to call someone a “liar” is because the government and the mainstream media want to do it constantly without being called on it.”
“… Kick Ass”
“Hey Paul!” yelled an elderly woman while Ryan was placing his order with the cashier. “Good luck! Kick ass!”
The well-wisher, Erma from Howland, Ohio, told me later that she’s not worried that Ryan
and Romney would end Medicare. “I don’t believe it,” she said. “Because Obama has a bigger plan to rob Medicare of $617 billion.” “
” As Seniors Flock to Paul Ryan and Fiscal Sanity, Axelrod Campaign Dials Smear-Ray Setting to “100”
“David Axelrod just ran to the bathroom to change his Depends:”
” Ryan’s Popularity Among Seniors Up 18% Since Saturday.”