Obamacare Too Expensive - for Congress
"Dozens of lawmakers and aides are so afraid that their health insurance premiums will skyrocket next year thanks to Obamacare that they are thinking about retiring early or just quitting."
Yes, Obamacare "could make their benefits exorbitantly expensive." It hardly seems like three years have passed since Nancy Pelosi said, "But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of controversy." Notice the pronouns, "we" and "you." Well, here we are, happily "away from the fog of controversy," where Nancy and her confreres, the royal "we" in her remarks, finally got to unwrap their present and discovered that's not a gold watch inside.
The situation is dire: "If the issue isn't resolved, and massive numbers of lawmakers and aides bolt, many on Capitol Hill fear it could lead to a brain drain just as Congress tackles a slew of weighty issues."
Noooooo, not a brain drain. Why, we might get bad legislation out of Washington if we had a brain drain. Please, don't leave us! You're all so valuable! You're all unique individuals, with special gifts and talents, each one of you making a difference in all our lives, every day!
Never fear, the Democrats have a solution. Actually, that would be another solution, this one to clean up the unintended consequences from their previous solution:
Rep. John Larson, a Connecticut Democrat in leadership when the law passed, said he thinks the problem will be resolved. "If not, I think we should begin an immediate amicus brief to say, 'Listen this is simply not fair to these employees,'" Larson told POLITICO.
And he plays his trump card: "They are federal employees." Well, of course. Federal employees must not suffer the rigors of Obamacare visited upon the mere citizenry. He might have added that they're also union members who reliably vote Democrat.
But an amicus brief? Sounds like a law suit ... against ... oh, that would be the executive branch. Democrat legislators suing a Democrat administration for implementing a Democrat law that's "not fair" to Democrat unionistas. There's a parable for our times.
Henry Percy is the nom de guerre for a technical writer living in Arizona. He may be reached at saler.50d[at]gmail.com.