You wanna know why this man is smiling? He just signed a bill that gives unprecedented power to the Federal Government over the lives and health of the American people while exempting himself and his friends from being forced to participate in it. It’s a pretty sweet deal, if you know what I mean.
Here’s how it works: The new legislation exempts the President, his cabinet, and special congressional staff members, from participating in the new government-run plan so that they can continue to have their own private plan which provides full coverage without any of the restrictions or limitations the rest of us will have to endure — you knew about this, right?
Connie Hair gives us the skinny:
President Barack Obama signed the Senate health care bill into law yesterday that will exempt the President, his cabinet secretaries and special congressional staff members from participation in the new government-run health care “exchanges.”
Rank-and-file House and Senate staffers will be forced out of the Federal Employees Health Benefit Plan (FEHBP) and into the restricted federal health insurance exchanges, but not the leadership or committee congressional staff or the federal civil service bureaucrats who will be making your health care decisions for you. . . .
The bill was amended behind closed doors by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) back in December to exclude all congressional committee and leadership staff from the horrors of the health care “exchange.” The President, Vice-President, cabinet members, thousands of Obama administration staff and an unknown number of czars will all remain in the FEHBP. . .
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-Okla.) attempted to offer a floor amendment in December that would have nullified Reid’s covert carve-out, but Reid blocked a vote on the amendment. . . .
Grassley said the motivation for his amendments is simple: public officials who make the laws or lead efforts to have laws changed should live under those laws.
“It’s only fair and logical that top administration officials, who fought so hard for passage of this overhaul of America’s health care system, experience it themselves,” Grassley said. “If it’s as good as promised, they’ll know it first-hand. If there are problems, they’ll be able to really understand them, as they should.”
Right, but having to suffer the consequences of their horrifically stupid laws is not why our new “compassionate” politicians are in this business. They love to try political experiments on the rest of us but only after they first make sure that if things go wrong, they are completely protected from any harmful consequences.
This is what passes for “courageous leadership” in Washington.