As I wrote in an earlier post (Obama Care 15):
No Obamacare for Obama
Democrats exempt themselves from socialist medicine
President Obama declared that the new health care law ”is going to be affecting every American family.” Except his own, of course.
The new health care law exempts the president from having to participate in it. Leadership and committee staffers in the House and Senate who wrote the bill are exempted as well.
Meanwhile, we await Mr. Obama’s explanation why if his ”historic” health care law is so great for America, it’s not good enough for him and his family.
MARCH 25, 2010, 2:57 P.M. ET.
The Beltway Loophole
Staffers who wrote the health-care bill exempted themselves from the requirement to join the state-run insurance exchanges.
By ALLYSIA FINLEY
Congressional leaders apparently not only made quid pro quos with congressmen who voted for ObamaCare, but also with congressional staff who crafted the legislation.
A key loophole is how the bill defines ”congressional staff” as ”employees employed by the official office of a member of Congress, whether in the district office or in Washington.” That phrase has been interpreted by the Congressional Research Service to exclude various professional staff and those working for leadership offices — the very staffers who wrote the bill.
In the name of solidarity with the voting public, legislators required themselves and their office staffs to join the bill’s newly created state insurance exchanges. But the loophole exempts high-level leadership and committee staffers. For example, staffers who work in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s Nevada Senate office would be required to join. Those who work under him as Senate Majority Leader would not. In their own cases at least, key staffers obviously were prepared to make sure President Obama kept his promise that those happy with their current coverage can keep it.
Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, who has led the charge in publicizing what he calls a double standard, says: ”The message to grassroots America is that it’s good enough for you, but not for us.”
Democrats call the loophole unintentional, but both Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn and Mr. Grassley say they tried to close it last year but were stymied by Mr. Reid. Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz told Politico.com: ”Obviously staffers are anxious about it. The whole bill is full of loopholes, it’s such a mess.”
And what does it say about ObamaCare that the warriors on the frontline in writing and passing it wanted no part of it?
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