Health care waiver unfair to rest of America

info@islandpacket.comAugust 12, 2013 

When Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obama-care, an amendment required that lawmakers and their staff members purchase health insurance through the online exchanges the law created. They would lose generous coverage under the federal employees health care benefits program. The amendment's author, Republican Sen. Charles Grassley, argued that if Obamacare plans were good enough for the American public, they were good enough for Congress.

However, in an Aug. 7 ruling issued by the government's Office of Personnel Management and blessed by President Barack Obama, regardless of income, U.S. lawmakers and their staffs will continue to receive a federal contribution toward the health insurance they must purchase through soon-to-open exchanges. This ruling means that Congress and their staff will escape the most onerous impact of the law as it was written.

This is another example of the arrogance of power and poor judgment of the president and our lawmakers in Washington. This administration has handed out waiver after waiver and exemption after exemption for Obamacare for the well-connected in Washington, while the rest of us must sit idly by and suffer the cost and the consequences. It is just further evidence that this legislation is, as stated by Democratic Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, "a huge train wreck coming down."

And if you don't like laws, just ignore them. Never mind that they took an oath to protect and defend them.

Charlie Murphy

Sun City Hilton Head

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