Now that 2014 is fast approaching and everyone will have to come under Obamacare — including members of Congress and their staff — one Democratic lawmaker is crying foul, claiming it’s “not fair” they should have to be subjected to it like the rest of us.
Rep. John Larson, D-Conn., is finding it impossible yo keep staff members — they’re leaving his office in droves to avoid Obamacare. He summed up his dilemma by saying “this is simply not fair,” according to Forbes.
When the Affordable Care Act was being hammered out in Congress — often behind closed doors — most Americans saw it for what it was — inadequate coverage at grossly inflated prices. The main selling point Democrats came up with to convince their constituents that Obamacare would be a good pill to swallow was the last-minute inclusion of an amendment forcing Congress and staff to come under its provisions.
And it worked. Obamacare passed — albeit by whisker-thin margins — and both the president and then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were left grinning ear-to-ear. Now it getting to be time to pay the piper.
The mass exodus was first noted Thursday by Politico’s Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman, who described it as a potential “brain drain” and observed “[t]he problem is far more acute in the House, where lawmakers and aides are generally younger and less wealthy.”
Wasn’t that another of the Affordable Care Act’s selling points? — that every person, regardless of income, would have good health coverage at affordable prices? Surprise! It can’t be done, not this way, and conservative lawmakers, pundits and economists have been preaching this for years, since it was first proposed.
Back to Larson, that Connecticut Democratic congressman. In case you’re wondering, the answer is yes. He voted in favor of the Affordable Care Act. Be careful of what you wish for — or vote for. It may come back to bite you in the derrière.