Lawmakers Trying To Exempt Themselves From Obamacare

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That’s right: Congressional kleptocrats are meeting in secret to sort out a legal way they can exempt themselves from having to join the very same insurance exchange groups they created when they voted for President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010.

POLITICO broke the story late Wednesday, revealing that leaders from both parties, as well as the Obama Administration, have, for months, been holding confidential meetings to discuss exempting members of Congress and Capitol Hill aides from participating in one of the central pillars of Obamacare.

Never mind that regular Americans don’t have a voice in Washington to assure them the same kind of exemptions.

The story quotes an anonymous source who reveals just how aware of their crimes Congressional leaders like House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) really are: “Everyone has to hold hands on this and jump, or nothing is going to get done.”

There’s no way to know how pervasive all these discussions have been, or if libertarian-leaning conservative darlings like Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) have, in private, taken any kind of principled stand against such hypocrisy — or if they were ever even included in the scheme’s  loop of information.

It’s strange, at the least, that no Obamacare opponent in Congress has blown the whistle on these meetings, if they’ve been going on for months. A lot of political capital could have accrued to the right conservative tattler over a story like this one. Maybe silence is an honor-among-thieves thing in Congress.

With that said, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) ripped the talks after the story hit, telling Breitbart through a spokesman that McConnell:

[D]oes not support, and is not involved in drafting, legislation that would do special favors for Congress when his constituents are still facing the increased premiums and taxes, the mountains of red tape, the loss of health care plans they like and want to keep and fewer jobs under Obamacare…It’s no surprise that Democrats would want to exempt themselves from the train wreck they created in Obamacare, but Sen. McConnell believes the entire country should be exempt from this historic mistake. The law is a disaster and needs to be repealed.

One source told POLITICO the talks are, in part, intended to prevent “brain drain” on Capitol Hill, since Obamacare mandates could motivate Federal employees to enter the private sector to get out from under the plan’s coverage setup for government workers.

That’s a telling statement, if for no other reason than that it reveals just how destructive Obamacare is to capitalism and the profit motive and how it inversely rewards merit and individual accomplishment.

Too, it reveals how Washington leaders see the circumstances as exemption-worthy when they encounter a specific problem that conflicts with the wisdom belied by their own voting patterns.

Hey, we’ve all got problems.

As they prepare to implement Obamacare, States like Maryland are having millions of them.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

  • Henry

    Hey it’s easy to Exempt Themselves From Obamacare just repeal it.

    • hungry4food

      They want all of us In the Pit of the Belly of the Beast they are creating to ZERO growth and Save earth from Overpopulation !!!!!

      They are convinced that Overpopulation needs the USA leading the way on how to reduce this growth and this Reverse Engineering of Life span is what this healthcare bill is all about !!!

      Then they all think they can all be Billionaires and live the life of Utopian paradise as there will be a balance of population and Billionaire Life style abundance .

      • Jana

        Yes, of course! They just finally found out what was in the bill. If they would have been allowed to read the bill before they voted for it they wouldn’t have voted for it Nancy Pelosi!

  • Motov

    Yup even those who voted it in knew this was, and still is a giant lemon.

  • Warrior

    There’s about 300 more of these types I would really like to see pull a “Baucus”, starting with little dingy harry and his pet snake.

  • H.A.

    Anyone opposed to this scam can go to: https://pettions.whitehouse.gov/petition/require-all-members-our-government-carry-same-insurance-we-people-under-affordable-care-act/tgTZ3Hdl
    This is a petition that I created to let our government officials know that most Americans do NOT want “Obamacare.” But since it has been shoved down our throats, I believe that our “elected” officials should have to accept the same fate-being that they support it for ALL Americans!

  • BUD USMC

    And they wonder why the American people doesn’t trust government or why gun control doesn’t pass. Its real simple. There is no rule of law in Washington any more. We continue to elect liars, thieves low life’s any one who throws the most money at us. The only way to change the system is to vote them out until they work for the people instead of themselves. That will take an informed public. .
    Congress should have to follow any law they pass for the rest of the country if not vote the BUMS out.

  • jdn

    I Bet it takes the SPIN masters a while to come up with excuses for the Democrat leadership that want exemptions for themselves and all their employees and buddies . Come on cheerleaders where are you and your loyalty ? Crow feathers caught in your throat ?

    • jdn

      Well I waited all day and my guess was right , not one liberal cheerleader telling us to bow down to their superior intellect and praise anything coming out of the Democratic party . Amazing how quiet they can be when they have no defense and not even a gratuitous offense or name calling .

  • satelliter

    Vote them out?? Right, and who do you vote in, another Democrat or Republican? Don’t you understand a Democrat is still a Democrat and a Republican is still a Republican, so you vote the same thing in that you thought your were voting out!! Doesn’t make sense to me to continue the same voting pattern and expecting something different. Time to dump the current ways of government and look toward a third party, nothing will change as long as you continue to push the same parties in office over and over…

    • ChiefBoring

      Third parties always end up helping the party they are most against. We vote them out til they get the idea of what their job is and do it!

  • Ethridge wells

    Any congressman that votes to exempt themselves from obamacare are currently serving their last term in office. Exempting their kids from repaying their student loans was bad enough, but obamacare exemption is the end.

  • Fedup

    satelliter, the solution is not in the vote; the solution is a massive tax-revolt. They pull this [expletive deleted], we pull our money – then let the bastards come after it! It’s going to take a revolution to fix this broken government; so let’s get it going!

    • satelliter

      Fedup, I have been advocating a boycott of the IRS for years, but the public in general are too afraid of the all powerful IRS… It’s been my belief that if the gov. didn’t get their tax money and couldn’t make the federal payroll, all the gover. workers would not be so eager to do their job of chasing down all us tax cheaters. Time to revive the old slogan: “No taxation without representation”.

  • Liberty Lover

    What we need is massive “brain drain” from Washington. It couldn’t be more obvious that no significant loss of wisdom would be entailed in such drain.

  • WTS/JAY

    Of course, no big surprise here…they also consider themselves to be above the law! Just vote for us, chowder heads…we’ll fix what ails this country. Lol!

  • Dave in Michigan

    I wonder what ever happened to government “of the people, by the people, for the people”. Whatever happened to our constitution as our governing document. I wonder whatever happened to our great America for which so many great men and women have and are dying. These so-called public servants who make themselves above the law the rest of us must abide by should not be getting all these benefits now and forever anyway. They should serve a term or two and out they go becasuse they are elected public “servants” not in interminably on the taxpayers tab. It’s time for some very significant changes to restore the land to what it was intended to be under the constitution. Of course we law-abiding Americans don’t get to make the laws do we. When’s the last time any of us got to set our own salaries and benefits and laws under which we must function?