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Originally published: 2014-06-25 15:09:32
Last modified: 2014-06-25 15:10:16

Good for the goose ...

How brazen can Congress get?  

Laws that they pass apply to everyone else -- but, not themselves. If ObamaCare, where more than 59 percent believe it to be wrong and too expensive, can be appropriate for you and me, it appears not to be good enough for congressional aides, Congress and staff alike.
 That's right. Congress is planning to exempt itself from Section 1312 (d) of the Affordable Health Act that requires health insurance on the newly created insurance exchanges and pay the same premiums as the public must pay.  

Instead, the current insurance plans for Congress, aides and staff will focus on a Federal Employees Health Benefit Plan. The taxpayers already pick up 75 percent of this tab.

Congress lawmakers, including Nancy Pelosi, Dianne Feinstein, Maxine Waters and Barbara Baker, claim that despite the generous $174,000 salary, they cannot afford ObamaCare premiums.  

In other words, what is unaffordable for lawmakers is affordable to the rest of us. Here's an example taken from the Wall Street Journal. A family of three and a household income of $80,000 in New York City will be required to pay a whopping $12,784 for the second cheapest (silver) plan with a $3,000 deductible.

Due to their income bracket, they will not be eligible for a tax credit. Here's the "rub": Washington thinks $12,784 for ObamaCare  premiums is affordable, for New Yorkers, but not for members of Congress who receive more than twice the average income. Whew.

But that's not all. Obama handed out 1,472 waivers exempting certain union members and government employees from the earliest provisions of ObamaCare,  although nothing in our laws permitted it. Then, he delayed the employee mandate, although the law required that it would take effect on Jan 1, 2014.  

That move alone transfers billions, yes billions of dollars, in insurance cost from employees to taxpayers.  

So, many rule-breaking decisions and executive order privileges are clear violations of laws, as Obama grabs more authority than the Constitution and government allows.

Lawmakers who approved ObamaCare and then voted not to except it should be publicized before the 2014 mid-term elections on a "roster of shame" and circulated by the news media.
 No one should be re-elected to Congress who is unwilling to live by the same laws they impose on the rest of us.

A.L. Capel
Blowing Rock