In another outrageous display of dictatorial rule by our dear leader, Obama has yet again ignored the Constitution by illegally changing Obamacare by executive order. This time, by changing the way the so-called health care exchanges apply to members of Congress and their staffers.
From the Wall Street Journal:
To adapt H.L. Mencken, nobody ever went broke underestimating the cynicism and self-dealing of the American political class. Witness their ad-libbed decision, at the 11th hour and on the basis of no legal authority, to create a special exemption for themselves from the ObamaCare health coverage that everybody else is mandated to buy.
The Affordable Care Act requires Members of Congress and their staffs to participate in its insurance exchanges, in order to gain first-hand experience with what they’re about to impose on their constituents.
…the statute means that about 11,000 Members and Congressional staff will lose the generous coverage they now have as part of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP). Instead they will get the lower-quality, low-choice “Medicaid Plus” of the exchanges. The Members—annual salary: $174,000—and their better paid aides also wouldn’t qualify for ObamaCare subsidies. That means they could be exposed to thousands of dollars a year in out-of-pocket insurance costs.
The result was a full wig out on Capitol Hill, with Members of both parties fretting about “brain drain” as staff face higher health-care costs. Democrats in particular begged the White House for help, claiming the Reid language was merely an unintentional mistake. President Obama told Democrats in a closed-door meeting last week that he would personally moonlight as HR manager and resolve the issue.
And now the White House is suspending the law to create a double standard. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that runs federal benefits will release regulatory details this week, but leaks to the press suggest that Congress will receive extra payments based on the FEHBP defined-contribution formula, which covers about 75% of the cost of the average insurance plan. For 2013, that’s about $4,900 for individuals and $10,000 for families.
So it looks like Obama isn’t a fan of the Constitution or the Magna Carta.
But before we go off half-cocked, let’s examine this based solely on principle and place blame where it is due. If you remember, not one Republican in either the House or the Senate voted for Obamacare. Not one. It’s because of this, that I don’t have a problem with Republicans taking the waiver. I know that if I, personally, had an option to opt out of this horrendous law or somehow make the rules more favorable to me, I would. The utter hypocrisy in all of this lies solely on the Democratic side of the aisle. And that’s why the MSM won’t touch this story. It not only proves that Obamacare will indeed make health care and health insurance more expensive, but it exposes Obama and the Democrats who voted for Obamacare as a bunch of hypocrites.