Obamacare officials exempted from furloughs

Rick Moran
The GOP is pointing to this as proof that the cuts are political. I mean, you furlough air traffic controllers, but not health care bureaucrats?

The Hill:

The office implementing most of President Obama's healthcare law is not furloughing its workers as a result of sequestration, its director said Wednesday.

Gary Cohen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, said Wednesday that his office has not cut its workers' hours and pay as a result of the automatic budget cuts that went into effect in March.

Republicans have accused the Obama administration of politicizing the sequester by targeting highly visible programs like airport security and White House tours.

The fact that ObamaCare officials haven't been furloughed shows that the cuts are political, Rep. Greg Harper (R-Miss.) said Wednesday.

"We're talking about at least a 15 percent furlough of current air-traffic controllers, resulting in delays and perhaps safety concerns, but yet this has been a selective political item by the administration," Harper said.

Agencies across the federal workforce have furloughed their workers, cutting their hours and pay, as a result of the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration. Furloughs have caused airport delays, and extend all the way up to the White House budget office and the West Wing.

Cohen said the implementation office has still been affected by the sequester because it is under a hiring freeze.

"We have been working very hard to avoid the necessity for furloughs," Cohen said. "We are under a hiring freeze, so I can't hire, I can't replace people who leave, which is a serious issue for me in terms of trying to run a program."

Just what is meant by "across the board" cuts? If Obama can pick and choose which employees to furlough, why can't the FAA?

And how sorry do you feel for the Obamacare agency head who is under a hiring freeze? Right.

This is a despicable and cynical manipulation of the voting public and it has to stop. No doubt Obama and his aides are getting a good laugh behind closed doors at how gullible the American people are to fall for this ruse. But so far, there has been zero pressure to restore the cuts, which means the GOP may be getting the last laugh in the end.

Hat Tip: Ed Lasky

The GOP is pointing to this as proof that the cuts are political. I mean, you furlough air traffic controllers, but not health care bureaucrats?

The Hill:

The office implementing most of President Obama's healthcare law is not furloughing its workers as a result of sequestration, its director said Wednesday.

Gary Cohen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, said Wednesday that his office has not cut its workers' hours and pay as a result of the automatic budget cuts that went into effect in March.

Republicans have accused the Obama administration of politicizing the sequester by targeting highly visible programs like airport security and White House tours.

The fact that ObamaCare officials haven't been furloughed shows that the cuts are political, Rep. Greg Harper (R-Miss.) said Wednesday.

"We're talking about at least a 15 percent furlough of current air-traffic controllers, resulting in delays and perhaps safety concerns, but yet this has been a selective political item by the administration," Harper said.

Agencies across the federal workforce have furloughed their workers, cutting their hours and pay, as a result of the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration. Furloughs have caused airport delays, and extend all the way up to the White House budget office and the West Wing.

Cohen said the implementation office has still been affected by the sequester because it is under a hiring freeze.

"We have been working very hard to avoid the necessity for furloughs," Cohen said. "We are under a hiring freeze, so I can't hire, I can't replace people who leave, which is a serious issue for me in terms of trying to run a program."

Just what is meant by "across the board" cuts? If Obama can pick and choose which employees to furlough, why can't the FAA?

And how sorry do you feel for the Obamacare agency head who is under a hiring freeze? Right.

This is a despicable and cynical manipulation of the voting public and it has to stop. No doubt Obama and his aides are getting a good laugh behind closed doors at how gullible the American people are to fall for this ruse. But so far, there has been zero pressure to restore the cuts, which means the GOP may be getting the last laugh in the end.

Hat Tip: Ed Lasky