You're Bailing Out Congressional Staffers
You're Bailing Out Congressional Staffers #ObamaCare #hcr #ACA
There's plenty of chatter about whether or not the federal government should bailout the city of Detroit, which has finally filed for bankruptcy protection. (Yes, we're not kidding; there are people who think that's a good idea.)
But you might have missed the major bailout that was announced just a few days ago. POLITICO reports:
Lawmakers and staff can breathe easy — their health care tab is not going to soar next year. The Office of Personnel Management, under heavy pressure from Capitol Hill, will issue a ruling that says the government can continue to make a contribution to the health care premiums of members of Congress and their aides, according to several Hill sources.
Well, isn't that nice?
Your health care premiums are likely skyrocketing right now because of ObamaCare, but Congressmen can "breathe easy" because you're going to subsidize the health care premiums of their employees.
We also know that this decision came after significant pressure from President Obama, who was "personally involved" in trying to secure this fix. As POLITICO noted, "It is extraordinarily rare, to say the least, for the president of the United States to get involved in an inside-the-Beltway flap over the payment of health care premiums."
This is specifically the kind of special privilege that Sen. Chuck Grassley tried to prevent with an amendment to make sure that ObamaCare applied equally to those who passed it as it will to those who must live under it.
Well, now the Office of Personnel Management, at the urging of President Obama, has said so much to that.
There's no other way to put it. This is special privilege for people whose salaries are already paid by your hard-earned tax dollars. No one else purchasing health insurance though the ObamaCare exchanges will be able to get such a sweet deal, having their employer pay a large chunk of their health insurance premiums.
Democrats in Congress are writing laws that they want to apply to you, but not to them and their staffers.
And that's an outrage.
We'll keep you updated on what happens next.