Gentle readers, if the following report turns out to be the case, it shows the height of hypocrisy by US lawmakers -- particularly the Democrats.
There are rumors that there are ongoing negotiations between the Democrats and the Republicans, led by representatives for Harry Reid and John Boehner
respectively, to exempt US congress members and senators as well as their legislative aides from the Obamacare rules.
Lawmakers, aides may get Obamacare exemption
Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the
insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, sources in both parties said.
The talks — which involve Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Obama administration and other top
lawmakers — are extraordinarily sensitive, with both sides acutely aware of the potential for political fallout from giving carve-outs from the
hugely controversial law to 535 lawmakers and thousands of their aides. Discussions have stretched out for months, sources said.
The problem stems from whether members and aides set to enter the exchanges would have their health insurance premiums subsidized by their employer
— in this case, the federal government. If not, aides and lawmakers in both parties fear that staffers — especially low-paid junior aides —
could be hit with thousands of dollars in new health care costs, prompting them to seek jobs elsewhere. Older, more senior staffers could also retire
or jump to the private sector rather than face a big financial penalty.
Now to be fair, at least one congressman asked about this says that since health care for these persons is already subsidized by the US government,
that no such exemption is necessary. But if it is true, it shows that Obamacare is an expensive sham, and that it will be the death knell for the
current Democratic Party. In fact, it will actually make the Republican Party look better for having overwhelmingly been against it from the get go,
although the GOP has provided no reasonable/realistic alternative plan to it.
If the Democrats agree to such a deal, it will show them to be spineless hypocrites who no longer deserve to be in office. It will also show what a
corporate tool/flim-flam man Obama is. And I hope it will cause a progressive third party without corporate ties to emerge as an alternative for
What should have been legislated was single-payer healthcare, rather than this heath-insurance subsidization scam that Obamacare is. Senior citizens
like their Medicare, and the US congress like their government-sponsored health plans, so let everyone else have the same. If the cost seems
prohibitive, then cut the bloated defense budget and get rid of tax loopholes for the rich and corporations. For people who think this is socialism,
it is sort of. But you know what country is a very successful quasi-socialist nation? Germany. I challenge anyone to make a coherent argument that
the German economic model is not a good one to follow.
Related to this issue of the problem with the current political parties, I recommend everyone check out an interview of former Republican governor of
Louisiana by Cenk Uygar. I'd provide the link, but there's a commercial at the beginning of the video, so I'm not sure I can do so. So google "Cenk
Uygar Buddy Roemer interview" and follow your nose.
Roemer talks about his inability to have gotten into the presidential debates because he first wasn't pulling high enough and then didn't have enough
campaign contributions. He won his governorship by means of his debate performances, having been outspent 8 or 10 to one in campaign money by his
His contention is not that Washington is broken, but that it is bought. He speaks of an organization he is part of that is planning on fielding
third-party candidates in the future, and makes the point that if 5 million Americans would donate $100 to the group, it would make a political impact
in future elections.
edit on 25-4-2013 by MrInquisitive because: Added some more schtuff