Congress should have to live with Obamacare too
President Obama approved exempting Congress from participating in the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). It seems that members of Congress and their staffs were facing several thousands of dollars in additional health care premium payments (Congressional annual salary is $174,000). In their infinite wisdom, they included themselves in the law, but now that they know what is actually in the law they don’t like it and want out of it (heaven forbid, it applies to them!).
Changing the law requires that both houses and the President approve the measure. It seems that this would be a problem, so our leaders have merely changed what they don’t like about the law without making the change legally. While Americans are expected to follow the law, Congress and the President seem to be above it. This sounds more like a monarchy and than a republic.
This is just the height of hypocrisy. Of course there is going to be a problem when 16 percent of the American economy is radically changed in the backrooms of the capital building by people who don’t have a clue how that 16 percent of the economy actually works. If our leaders had to live under ACA like the rest of us, they would be improving or repealing the law very rapidly. What is good for the goose is good for the gander.
Congress wrote this atrocity and they should have to live with it just like the rest of us. Obamacare is not such a great deal after all, but while Americans have to live with it, Congress and their staffs give themselves a pass.
Anyone reading this editorial should be outraged. We are all about to get the shaft from the beltway crowd again. What a farce.
Douglas Morrell, M.D.