Congressional Leaders Want Out of Obamacare
John Boehner and Harry Reid Seek Exemptions
In the latest example of why the American public has almost no respect for the United States Congress, the leaders of the majorities in the House and Senate are reportedly busy concocting a scheme to exempt lawmakers and their aides from the insurance exchanges mandated under Obamacare.
“The talks-which involve Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker John Boehner, the Obama administration and other top lawmakers-are extraordinarily sensitive, with both sides acutely aware of the potential for political fallout from giving carve-outs from the hugely controversial law to 535 lawmakers and thousands of their aides,” Politico reported.
The scheme to avoid the Obamacare insurance exchanges reeks of Congressional arrogance. It shows the elitist contempt that leaders such as Boehner and Reid hold for American taxpayers; taxpayers usually return the sentiment.
The pollster Scott Rasmussen reported last month that half of voters do not like the men in charge of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.
According to a Rasmussen survey, 50 percent of likely U.S. voters have an unfavorable opinion of Harry Reid while 49 percent feel that way about John Boehner. This includes the finding that 32 percent have a very unfavorable view of Reid and 30 percent have a very unfavorable opinion of Boehner.
Politico reported that a source close to the talks about the Obamacare exemptions commented that lawmakers are concerned about remaining united.
“Everyone has to hold hands on this and jump, or nothing is going to get done,” the source said.
In an extraordinary understatement, Politico said Congressional leaders risk widespread criticism.
“Yet if Capitol Hill leaders move forward with the plan, they risk being dubbed hypocrites by their political rivals and the American public. By removing themselves from a key Obamacare component, lawmakers and aides would be held to a different standard than the people who put them in office.”
As Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus said last week, implementation of Obamacare has the potential to be a “huge train wreck.” The national overhaul of the country’s health care system is way behind schedule and mired in regulations, taxes, and unanticipated costs to consumers.
In the last few months, Rasmussen has reported consistent survey results that show the public’s low esteem for Congress. Examples include a poll that showed that only 8 percent think Congress is doing a good or excellent job; another revealed that only 11 percent say Congress is a good reflection of Americans’ views.
The Boehner-Reid scheme to avoid the dictates of Obamacare should sink these figures even lower. Nevertheless, voters can remain optimistic. They will have the last word at the ballot box in November 2014.
During the course of his career, Walker has worked in Chicago, Washington DC, New York City, and Phoenix. He served as a reporter in Chicago, a press secretary and speechwriter in Washington, and in numerous positions in New York in corporate and financial services communications.
Walker is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.