Call it karma.  Call it good theater, almost of the tragicomedic persuasion.  Call it whatever you like.  I call it arrogance and comeuppance but in any event, our feckless leaders are now trying to shield themselves from a law they never read all the while insisting that it’s good for the country.  Good for us, not for them.  Well, actually good for no one except those who wanted to take control of a large part of the US economy and intrude into the personal lives of every citizen.  Every citizen that is, who are not part of the ruling class of monarchs who lord above we serfs who are here to provide them lifetime employment while funding every destructive whim they seek to push through as law.  All for the benefit of the peons.

Probably the only one who read the bill is the shortest person in the room.  Hope he likes paying for it.

They finally found someone to read the bill to them…

Politico started this firestorm reporting that there have been and continues to be high level “confidential” talks between congressional leaders of both parties looking at ways to get congressional members and aides into the mandated exchanges.  You know, the exchanges that the law forces upon us and has prompted many businesses and unions supporting democrats to seek waivers from the act.  Of course, lawmakers are concerned that if staffers, aides and members can’t get into the government subsidized exchanges, they may seek employment elsewhere causing a “brain drain” on Capitol Hill.  Let that thought sink in for a moment.  Go ahead, giggle if you need to.  The irony of those leaving their cushy jobs where they don’t have to read the bills before them.  Oh the horror.

The Washington Post counters the Politico article, insisting that Washington is in fact, not seeking to exempt themselves from Obamacare, just trying to address a flaw in the bill created by the Grassley amendment insisting that lawmakers and staff needed to enter the exchanges like the rest of us.  The Post contends that Grassley’s amendment was just a ploy to embarrass the democrats, at least those who weren’t already embarrassed by not having read the darned thing they voted for.  The amendment follows:

The only health plans that the Federal Government may make available to Members of Congress and congressional staff with respect to their service as a Member of Congress or congressional staff shall be health plans that are — (I) created under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act); or (II) offered through an Exchange established under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act).

The Post argues the real issue is that large employers, those with 100 or more employees, aren’t allowed into the state-run exchanges until 2017, and even then only if the states decide to let them in.  Hence, many staffers and aides may be left out in the cold, forced to pay their own premiums just like any other employee of a large company.  Why the Washington Post sees the federal government and its employees differently than any other large employer and its employees is beyond me.  Of course, the Post responds that Washington isn’t looking to exempt congressional members, staffers and aides, just discussing a way that the federal government can continue to make its current contributions for their healthcare insurance.  No mention about the rest of us who may work for a company that employs, oh let’s say 101 employees.  Exchanges for us or you’re on your own.

If it’s good for us, it’s good for them.  And it should be good for any of the unions that have petitioned for waivers as well.  Maybe we should start looking at the potentates we elect to govern over us.   The concept that they could be exempt from any law that they pass affecting any other citizen of the United States is ludicrous on its face.  Maybe this maneuvering will finally awaken the peons to overthrow the potentates.

But I doubt it.

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