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Exempting Congress
From ObamaCare

Wall Street Journal, by Editorial

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Posted By:Desert Fox, 4/28/2013 7:27:26 PM

The Politico website broke the story Thursday morning that Congressional leaders were in hush-hush talks to exempt themselves and their staff from the wonders of ObamaCare. The story succeeded in blowing up the talks, but there´s a bigger story here about Congressional intentions that is worth telling. House Speaker John Boehner quickly took to Twitter after the Politico story appeared, saying that he´s not "sneaking any language into bills to solve" a problem for Democrats. He added that full repeal of the law is "the solution to this & other ObamaCare nightmares."

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Janjan, 4/28/2013 7:49:14 PM     (No. 9300751)

Congress may have finally hit on something we all can agree on.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: fire_mission, 4/28/2013 7:56:21 PM     (No. 9300758)

ObamaCare is a tax per SCOTUS.
Congressmen are attempting to evade paying a tax.
What say you John Roberts?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: glcinpdx, 4/28/2013 8:07:38 PM     (No. 9300763)

This is the difference between having Public Servants and having a Ruling Class.



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Reply 4 - Posted by: alpha91c, 4/28/2013 8:08:02 PM     (No. 9300764)

Congress critters should be forced to live by the same laws the rest of us do. Unfortunately, they don´t and won´t.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: planetgeo, 4/28/2013 8:17:53 PM     (No. 9300766)

I realize this is difficult for Americans to comprehend, but in time they will. This is exactly the scenario that evolved in Rumania, where the Ceaucescus appeared to be totally in control, essentially robbing the people blind and doing so with arrogance and seeming complete immunity...until the people rose up and unleashed years of pent up vengeance on them and their palace guard.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: dman, 4/28/2013 8:21:55 PM     (No. 9300769)

Blocking the political class from exempting itself is on the t.b.d. list if we ever get a chance to clean up a few things in the Constitution.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: realrep, 4/28/2013 8:24:45 PM     (No. 9300772)

The test market should be the federal employees in DC for about 2 years.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: miceal, 4/28/2013 8:56:02 PM     (No. 9300788)

Wanna´ thin out the "Congress Critter" herd? Term limits, NO pensions, NO healthcare, minimal $ for staff support. Their pay consists of a travel pay from their home district to their quarters in one of the MANY military bases which surround the District. They eat in military style chow halls. Oh, same deal for the Supreme Court Justices and President/Vice President. No more mansions, private jets, and legions of body guards. This bloated inefficient travesty called the Federal Government is almost beyond fixing.....

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Reply 9 - Posted by: jalo1951, 4/28/2013 9:03:02 PM     (No. 9300792)

I have great respect for our Founding Fathers. I am amazed at their wisdom in applying the guidance for our country. However, I wish they would have thought about term limits on these bozos. I am sick to death of these people and their arrogance.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: KTWO, 4/28/2013 9:03:51 PM     (No. 9300794)

#7 there are many afflictions I would wish upon federal employees. But IMO using them as a test market for ObamaCare couldn´t work.

It is a matter or scale. Regulating health insurance for one or two million employed people is much different than for a diverse society of 300 million. The federal employees have secure jobs and their premium costs, no matter how high, would really be paid by the taxpayers.

In contrast the premiums and regulations have a great impact on businesses and their employees. Healthcare premiums are soaring and employers are dropping coverage when they can.

Another huge fraction of the population is the unemployed or working poor. They are not going to come up with those premiums either.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: veritas, 4/28/2013 9:22:41 PM     (No. 9300814)

Given the utterly inexplicable ballooning of net worth that in some wholly-mysterious way affects every last member of the House and Senate [OK, Biden somehow was affected a bit less than the other 534 members; Pelosi and too many others more than made up for that], I want them exempted from salary and other goodies we pay for now.

#8, #9: The Founders did give us term limits. The 535 are each elected for one term at a time. It´s up to us to replace each member as needed. [Yes. I know what you mean. But I truly fear the mischief of today´s morons amending the Constitution. And it will take many years even if done right. We can ´fire´ some in Congress in less than 2 years.]

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Reply 12 - Posted by: reddfroge, 4/28/2013 9:44:03 PM     (No. 9300836)

dittos #9
Let us see what happens if Congress tries to exempt themself from the nightmare of their own making...Hey, Congress, repeal this hideous law before it is too late.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: coldoc, 4/28/2013 10:08:45 PM     (No. 9300861)

#11 is right. We keep electing these crooks and mental cases. I speak as a resident of the state represented by the one and only john mcain.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 4/28/2013 10:37:12 PM     (No. 9300884)

This is not new. They exempted themselves when they passed it. Congressman Fleming from LA had a petition on his website.

They have also excluded themselves from future gun control laws.

We are just peeons.



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Reply 15 - Posted by: dr fate, 4/28/2013 10:50:45 PM     (No. 9300897)

What a phony bs artist Boehner is! Talks about full repeal of Obamacare and hasn´t made a single sincere attempt to defund any part of this monstrosity.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Pinchem, 4/29/2013 12:00:10 AM     (No. 9300952)

I get so tired of the whine about "term limits". THINK...who the heck keeps reelecting these people term after term after term? If you don´t like them then vote them out.

Are people so naive about the Constitution that they don´t know they would have to get the House, Senate and 38 states with 2/3 majority votes in each to pass an Amendment for Term Limits. Dreamers!

OK I realize Liberals are so brainwashed that they think if they keep reelecting their guy/gal, they´ll get free free free because they are too pathetic to earn it on their own.

There is the problem and how do you stop that?


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Reply 17 - Posted by: veritas, 4/29/2013 1:11:48 AM     (No. 9300972)

#13: Thanks. And hang in there.

#14: Bingo. Why should we think anything that will haul the Club 535 members one foot closer to the real world where we work to make what they spend will ever be enforced on them? Our remedy is the voting booth.

#15: Yep. The "best" we got was a cut in the rate of increase. Big whup.

#16: Find a real conservative in Congress and have another candidate in another district or state and learn from what he did.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: StuartL, 4/29/2013 3:45:19 PM     (No. 9302058)

That was one item that the Founders, in their misplaced faith in the enduring common sense of the American people, forgot to include: statutory term limits, as a check on the ignorance and complacency of the voters.

Instead, the possibility of perpetual re-election has given our "representatives" a ticket to lifetime membership in the American nomenklatura.

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