April 26, 2013 2 Comments
It appears Congressional Democrats aren’t too happy that they and their staff are subjected to Obamacare. The original bill did not exempt Congress from the bill and thus Congressmen and their staff are stuck buying health insurance from the exchanges. Rather than save money, it appears that it’s likely to cost Congressional aides as much as $7,000. For a fresh out of college new staffer making $25,000, Obamacare becomes a cost prohibitive career move. Most of the Democrats are seeking to sneak a provision in that would exempt Congress. After some relatively secret talks, Speaker Boehner wants a full repeal rather than a Congressional exemption.
While Congressional Democrats are concerned about their staffers, they also reveal what they’re really worried about. They’re worried about a “brain drain” as smart people move away from work in Congressional offices because of the cost of health insurance thanks to Obamacare. This is part of the problem we have in this country, the supposedly intelligent people are being recruited to work for government rather than the private sector. The Federal government shouldn’t be in competition with the private sector for the best and brightest. If Obamacare forces these people into the private sector because government work isn’t lucrative enough, we should rejoice.
Interestingly enough the Democrats aren’t in the least bit concerned about what Obamacare is going to do to the rest of the country. They’re only concerned with themselves and their staff. That Obamacare will add a massive new tax on people who don’t buy insurance isn’t of much concern to them. Neither is the growing practice of cutting hours so that employees won’t be entitled to health insurance under Obamacare. That’s if employers aren’t dumping employees altogether to avoid the cost of Obamacare. The Democrats aren’t interested in any of that they’re only interested in protecting themselves.
If Boehner holds firm here we should at least give him a little credit. He’s going to subject Congress to the same laws everyone else is subjected to. Surely this can’t be a popular move among Congressional staffs, even within the GOP Caucus. It probably isn’t particularly popular with Congressmen who rely on their Congressional salaries (not all of them are millionaires, many sleep in their offices because they can’t afford a DC apartment). Boehner is doing the right thing though, it may actually be a move that boosts his popularity and perhaps the popularity of Congress. Everyone hates it when Congress exempts themselves, when the Speaker forces Congress to live by the asinine laws they subject everyone else to he’ll at least get some credit.
That Congressional aides are going to be subjected to massive costs because of Obamacare ought to wake Congress up to the fact that this bill is going to be a massive boondoggle beginning next year. It’s expensive, it’s added costs. It doesn’t insure a single person who didn’t have insurance before. The Democrats have to know it’s a big mess, odds are they’re happy about it because it will give them cause to demand single payer socialism in the 2016 or 2020 campaigns. The question is whether the GOP will be able to parlay this boondoggle into a 2016 victory, which could lead to outright repeal or substantial repeal of Obamacare. In the very least, for the time being Congress will be subjected to the same disaster as the rest of us. I hope the staffs of every Congressman feel quite a bit of Obamacare pain.