Thanks, Obama!

Thomas Lifson
President Obama has just handed his opposition a powerful focus for resentment over Obamacare, by exempting Congress and its army of staffers from the Obamacare disaster foisted on average folks.  David Lawder of Reuters writes:

Congress has won some partial relief for lawmakers and their staffs from the "Obamacare" health reforms that it passed and subjected itself to three years ago.

In a ruling issued on Wednesday, U.S. lawmakers and their staffs will continue to receive a federal contribution toward the health insurance that they must purchase through soon-to-open exchanges created by President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.

The decision by the Office of Personnel Management, with Obama's blessing, will prevent the largely unintended loss of healthcare benefits for 535 members of the Senate and House of Representatives and thousands of Capitol Hill staff.

When Congress passed the health reform law known as Obamacare in 2010, an amendment required that lawmakers and their staff members purchase health insurance through the online exchanges that the law created. They would lose generous coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

This is potentially as resonant a scandal as the House Bank scandal, where members were able to write rubber checks without consequence because it reveals the same kind of privilege being exercised. But in this case, it is Obama's OPM staff, not Congress, which is responsible.

The reason Congress needs exemption obviously is the unworkability of Obamacare. The rest of us want the same treatment, and that means repealing Obamacare.

 

President Obama has just handed his opposition a powerful focus for resentment over Obamacare, by exempting Congress and its army of staffers from the Obamacare disaster foisted on average folks.  David Lawder of Reuters writes:

Congress has won some partial relief for lawmakers and their staffs from the "Obamacare" health reforms that it passed and subjected itself to three years ago.

In a ruling issued on Wednesday, U.S. lawmakers and their staffs will continue to receive a federal contribution toward the health insurance that they must purchase through soon-to-open exchanges created by President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law.

The decision by the Office of Personnel Management, with Obama's blessing, will prevent the largely unintended loss of healthcare benefits for 535 members of the Senate and House of Representatives and thousands of Capitol Hill staff.

When Congress passed the health reform law known as Obamacare in 2010, an amendment required that lawmakers and their staff members purchase health insurance through the online exchanges that the law created. They would lose generous coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

This is potentially as resonant a scandal as the House Bank scandal, where members were able to write rubber checks without consequence because it reveals the same kind of privilege being exercised. But in this case, it is Obama's OPM staff, not Congress, which is responsible.

The reason Congress needs exemption obviously is the unworkability of Obamacare. The rest of us want the same treatment, and that means repealing Obamacare.