That’s a swell law you’ve got there

The NYT says that members of Congress and their staffs may not have any healthcare plan because of the law they just passed:

In a new report, the Congressional Research Service says the law may have significant unintended consequences for the “personal health insurance coverage” of senators, representatives and their staff members…the law may “remove members of Congress and Congressional staff” from their current coverage, in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, before any alternatives are available…

The law apparently bars members of Congress from the federal employees health program, on the assumption that lawmakers should join many of their constituents in getting coverage through new state-based markets known as insurance exchanges…“a law takes effect on the date of its enactment” unless Congress clearly specifies otherwise. And Congress did not specify any other effective date for this part of the health care law. The law was enacted when President Obama signed it three weeks ago…

The confusion raises the inevitable question: If they did not know exactly what they were doing to themselves, did lawmakers who wrote and passed the bill fully grasp the details of how it would influence the lives of other Americans?

Not only that, but the law raises taxes on the middle class, contrary to the assertions of the President, and has no provision to put in the price controls on the insurance industry that were promised. Apparently Nancy Pelosi wasn’t kidding. HT: Taranto

2 Responses to “That’s a swell law you’ve got there”

  1. MarkD Says:

    It’s just another law for Congress to ignore. I’ll bet any amount that it gets ignored until it gets quietly fixed in some bill. You cannot seriously expect this to be good enough for them, do you?

    I don’t even take the surveys when they call. My response is coming in November. I won’t give the RNC a dime, but I will contribute to and work for anyone who is against my Washington “representation.” I mean you, Mr Nancy Pelosi – aka Dan Maffei.

  2. BC Says:

    Idiots. When I heard this I just had to laugh. It’s too perfect. If these idiots worked for me, I would put them on probation. Wait, they already are! Any bets they’ll try to change their ways in the time they have left? Any bets they’ll be shocked when they’re all let go in November?

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