Congressional elite exempted from health care law?

This article from Roll Call is causing a stir in D.C. this morning:

While most staffers will soon be required to purchase insurance plans created in the health care reform bill, their colleagues who work in leadership and committee offices may be off the hook.

A provision of the act — which President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday — requires only that “Members of Congress and congressional staff” have access to health care options created in the legislation. But the bill defines staff as employees who work in a Member’s “official office,” a term that does not appear to include staffers in committee and leadership offices….

[A] significant number of staffers may get to keep their current plan, if a recent Congressional Research Service memo is correct in speculating that the reform act excludes leadership and committee staffers from the requirement.

More than 160 staffers work in just the leadership offices of Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), according to LegiStorm, which tracks Congressional salaries. The exception could also extend to the rest of leadership and to the dozens of committees in the House and Senate.

Republicans are condemning the carve-out. Democrats are pointing out that the idea was first pitched by U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.).

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> 500k man

March 24th, 2010
12:00 pm

Attention low life Obama supporters. You are poor because you make bad decisions in life, are too lazy to work hard, and too sorry to get a good education. Then you expect people like me to bail you out. Nobody owes you anything. It’s not my fault that you are too lazy to work hard to achieve success. The politicians play you for a fool. They promise you handouts but the truth is you’ll still be poor even after you get the handouts. Meanwhile they laugh all the way to the bank as you clowns keep voting them back into office. This is a classic example of what I’m talking about. Face it, poor people stink. Now go back to your trailer or ghetto dwelling and wait on your next welfare check.

Junior Samples

March 24th, 2010
12:05 pm

You are neither 500k, nor a man.


March 24th, 2010
12:42 pm

I’m shocked, shocked I tell you that unknown aspects of the health care bill are now coming to light.

David Granger

March 24th, 2010
12:42 pm

Nothing illustrates the Democratic mindset any more than the fact that…while Republicans condemn the exemptions…the Democrats do NOT try and defend them. They just say, well, one of you thought of it first…as if that somehow excuses it.
I think it is a disgrace that our country does not provide national health coverage. I would rather see my taxes go to pay for that, than for many other things less essential. But this current health bill is a bad one, and I believe the mandate is unconstitutional and will be overturned.
Maybe then President Obama and the Democrats can create a new bill that does what we need to do.

> 500k man

March 24th, 2010
12:43 pm

The 500 is in reference to my weight.


March 24th, 2010
12:48 pm

500K. Speaking of sorry – maybe there is something in this bill that can help you get off your sorry ass and loose some weight or would you be too sorry to take advantage of it?

What !!!!

March 24th, 2010
12:49 pm

All those who didn’t see this coming …. raise your hand ……. What Dumb A**!

I guess Obama Care wasn’t all that good, if Congress exempts itself from its clutches. I can imagine that the additional taxes will not apply to them either.


March 24th, 2010
12:54 pm

You dumb democrats just never learn do you. Go ahead and keep on drinking the Koolaid. Wonder why the democratic party has all of the lazy bums who want handouts and don’t want to work. Thankfully, the Republican Party does not have that. We are known as the ‘Work hard’ party as opposed to the ‘give me my handout’ party. Chew on that for awhile Peeps!


March 24th, 2010
12:57 pm

The bill is passed and we now are learning what is in it? Now thats leadership…for the kremlin.


March 24th, 2010
1:26 pm

“We” are now learning?

Sorry to correct you Willie but not only do we not know what’s in the bill, the idiots that voted for it don’t know what all is in there.

No telling what will come out in the coming days.


March 24th, 2010
1:30 pm

You dum dums just don’t get it do you? You have this illusion that the public just can’t wait to vote the Republicans back into power. The public is much smarter than that. Here is what the public thinks about Republicans……….Today’s Gallup poll,

“How would you rate the job each of the following has done in the efforts to address problems in the healthcare system over the past year, leading up to (Sunday’s) vote in the House?

46% said that Obama’s effort to address healthcare system problems was excellent/good

32% said Dems in Congress effort to address healthcare system problems was excellent/good

Now get this, only 26% said the efforts of the Republicans were excellent/good?

The fantasy is over Republicans, America says NO. No to your no.


March 24th, 2010
2:06 pm

Danny, your crow will be served in November. Wine with your crow sir?


March 24th, 2010
3:18 pm

As long as those congressional elite are covered, I don’t care how they decide to recieve their coverage. I don’ think the exemption means they are not expected to have coverage. If so, call me a liar.


March 24th, 2010
4:10 pm

Are you aware that the Obama administration is going to continue working towards increasing the federal governments role in our lives. They have stated that the Federal Government “knows what’s best” for all Americans. Health Care is first, then will come a crackdown on individual rights. You will be required to buy a certain brand of car, use mandated energy items, and so on. Believe me, it’s coming. Is this socialism?


March 24th, 2010
10:50 pm

Folks: Please take time and ‘GOOGLE’ socialism….you may be surprised.


March 25th, 2010
6:38 am

Ok here’s the deal……life is the Serengeti….and yes, the concept of survival of the fittest works fine wyhen left to its own devices…always has. If you’re too lazy and sorry to educate yourself or seek self improvement….then, as far as the Serengeti is concerned you should be weeded out, left behind to fend for yourself. Who says we should prop up those who “choose to be” lesser? Being left behind has always been a great motivator. Man, this country’s moral compass is so skewed it’ll never be rectified….thanks to you…you Washington’ian Idiots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


April 7th, 2010
11:21 pm

What don’t the liberals understand? It is simple” Bigger government more taxes, more control” or smaller government, individual freedom, more money in our pckket to spend as we choose.

Bigger government more control = socialism/facism

Smaller government, individual freedoms=Constitutional government.

Your choice…..