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Bwa ha ha hahahaha by The Elephant's Child


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“…with an endless parade of distractions, political posturing
and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye
off the ball. And I am here to say this needs to stop.
This needs to stop.”

The Imperial President Gives Out Waivers To The Law of The Land by The Elephant's Child


From the New York Times, July 29, 2013:

[O]ne audience very close to home is growing increasingly anxious about the financial implications of the new coverage: members of Congress and their personal staffs. Under a wrinkle that dates back to enactment of the law, members of Congress and thousands of their aides are required to get their coverage through new state-based markets known as insurance exchanges.

But the law does not provide any obvious way for the federal government to continue paying its share of the premiums for the comprehensive coverage. If the government cannot do so, it could mean an additional expense of $5,000 a year for individuals and $11,000 for families under some of the most popular plans.

This is a very uncomfortable political question. The White House and Congress are sensitive to any suggestion that lawmakers or their aides are getting special treatment under the health care law. The administration is already under fire for illegally delaying the requirement that large businesses offer insurance to their full-time employees, and businesses are switching employees to part-time.

Congress’ penchant for excluding themselves from the jurisdiction of laws they pass does not go over well with voters. The Union of Treasury Department workers is already up in arms about being forced to depend on the exchanges.

What became ObamaCare, (the PPACA) was a draft bill that its supporters never intended should become law. It was supposed to be the Senate’s contribution and the House-Senate Conference would iron out the details. Scott Brown was elected and the Democrats lost their filibuster-proof majority and had to use the Senate bill as the basis for the final law. When Congress passes a lousy law, it is still the law of the land.

Well, you didn’t really think they would make those nice folks in Congress live with the soaring costs their euphemistically-named Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act impose on the rest of us, did you? Don’t be silly.

The Office of Personnel Management, under heavy pressure from Capitol Hill, will issue a ruling that says the government can continue to make a contribution to the health care premiums of members of Congress and their aides, according to several Hill sources.

A White House official confirmed the deal and said the proposed regulations will be issued next week. Just Wednesday, POLITICO reported that President Barack Obama told Democratic senators that he was personally involved in finding a solution.
As Bryan Preston said on PJMedia’s “Tattler,” Politico’s headline on its story about the “fix” is hilarious.

Capitol Hill’s Obamacare crisis solved
America’s Obamacare crisis remains very much unsolved.

The OPM’s move is illegal. Congress passed an amendment to Obamacare that mandated that Congress and staff had to abide by it themselves. OPM doesn’t have the power to change the law any more than Obama had the power to delay the employer mandate.

As Obamacare fundamentally transforms our health care system, it’s also fundamentally transforming the nation itself. We were once a nation of laws. Now we’re a nation of the whims of bureaucrats.

The only fix here is to repeal the entire thing. Defund it. Repeal it. Rip it out root and branch. Obamacare delenda est.

Here we go. Obama has told us that he doesn’t have to obey or enforce the laws, If he finds them disagreeable, he will just go around Congress. Nevermind that oath. That is a major problem.

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