Dear Santa, we didn't ask for too much for Christmas last year and if this turns out to be true, we won't ask for jack-squat this December.
When one doesn't even bother to read the bill, can one be blamed for gooning up even the most self-serving aspects of that legislation? Turns out that Congress, which had every intention of exempting themselves from the Obamacare public health exchanges of the unwashed masses, may have shot themselves in the foot due to a "drafting error" in the crafting of the legislation.
In a new report, the Congressional Research Service says the law may have significant unintended consequences for the “personal health insurance coverage” of senators, representatives and their staff members.
For example, it says, the law may “remove members of Congress and Congressional staff” from their current coverage, in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, before any alternatives are available.
Please try to contain your child-like giggling, there's more.
The law promises that people can keep coverage they like, largely unchanged. For members of Congress and their aides, the federal employees health program offers much to like. But, the report says, the men and women who wrote the law may find that the guarantee of stability does not apply to them.
“It is unclear whether members of Congress and Congressional staff who are currently participating in F.E.H.B.P. may be able to retain this coverage,” the research service said in an 8,100-word memorandum.
Operational pause: If the people who allegedly wrote this bill cannot even game themselves out of Obamacare, what does that say about all the "unintended consequences" and general wretchedness of Obamacare for the rest of us?
Resume insane cackling.
The provision governing members of Congress can be traced to the Senate Finance Committee. When the panel was working on the legislation last September, Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, proposed an amendment to require that elected federal officials and all federal employees buy coverage through an exchange, “rather than using the traditional Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.”
A scaled-back version of the amendment, applying to members of Congress and their aides, was accepted in the committee without objection.
And then, in all the hoopla of git'er done and the Cornhusker Kickback, the Louisiana Purchase and the pharmaceutical and union buy-offs, they just kind of forgot about that unfortunate provision from last
Fall. Seriously, who has time for any rear guard action when one is selling one's soul for a once-in-a-generation piece of legislation?
If we had to shut down this blog tomorrow, nothing would be more appropriate than a final post that demonstrated not only the rapaciousness but the complete incompetence of the jackals that fashioned Obamacare... for the benefit of us all, of course.
H/T: Hot Air