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Ed Driscoll

Ruling Class Grants Itself ObamaCare Waiver

August 2nd, 2013 - 1:00 pm

“Ready your pitchforks,” Dean Clancy of FreedomWorks writes at the Daily Caller:

Reports indicate President Obama will soon confirm what many of us have long suspected, that Congress wants and will soon have a waiver from Obamacare.

You read that right.

We already knew that Congress intentionally crafted the health care law to permit the president to grant waivers to politically connected unions and corporations. And he has duly done so, more than 1,200 times. Now we learn that Congress also managed to wrangle a waiver for itself.

The monumental hypocrisy of this is breathtaking. It’s yet another example of how, more and more, the divide in American politics is not between left and right or between Republican and Democrat — it’s between us and them.

Unacknowledged for four years, and through two election cycles, this waiver news was first exposed last night in reports by Politico and CQ Roll Call.

Politico says the special treatment will be formally acknowledged next week by President Obama’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM), which is the federal government’s H.R. department, charged with administering federal benefits within the government.

According to CQ Roll Call, OPM will announce that it has decided that “the federal government will help pay the cost of premiums” on the new government-run “exchanges” for members of Congress and their staffs, who in turn will “not be eligible for the law’s tax credits and subsidies to buy insurance.”

This decision is a potential blockbuster for three reasons.

1) Its legality is extremely doubtful. In fact, it runs 180 degrees counter to what the statute seems to say, and to what its authors claim to have intended. People in exchanges are supposed to get federal exchange subsidies, not federal workplace subsidies. OPM is saying the opposite. By what legal authority?

Legal authority? Emperor Hussein don’t need no stinkin’ legal authority! As Bryan Preston writes at the PJ Tatler, “The OPM’s move is illegal.” But, so what, you guys?

Congress passed an amendment to Obamacare that mandated that Congress and staff had to abide by it themselves. OPM doesn’t have the power to change the law any more than Obama had the power to delay the employer mandate.

As Obamacare fundamentally transforms our health care system, it’s also fundamentally transforming the nation itself. We were once a nation of laws. Now we’re a nation of the whims of bureaucrats.

The only fix here is to repeal the entire thing. Defund it. Repeal it. Rip it out root and branch. Obamacare delenda est.

Why isn’t John Boehner fighting the White House’s usurpation of Congress’s powers? Oh right — that question answers itself, doesn’t it?

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"Ready your pitchforks." Gales of riotous laughter. Americans are all talk. I am willing to bet not one representative, senator, governor, or president who plans, votes, or implements Obama care will have his or her head picked up out of a basket.
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We are now peasants under a dictatorial government. Gigantic laws are unreadable, except by politicians and courts who can find powers to do or not do anything. It only remains for our government to explore the many areas in which it wants to enforce compliance or sell indulgences.

We are left with the ability to elect the dictators over us, who will have total power until we elect the next dictators. This will go on while elections are permitted.

Under an all-powerful state we are as secure as the political faction we belong to. The Supreme Court has removed itself from relevence, and politics is now everything. It seems that the Constitution limits government, except in any area which is examined by the Supreme Court.

We need the rule of law. Soon we will codify our situation so that all actions of the government are lawful and just.

The "Do the Right Thing" Bill []
Future news:

"Do The Right Thing" will give us open, consistent, dynamic government. It grants President Michelle Obama (now in her quite successful 3rd term in office) all principles and powers to consider all matters and then "Do the right thing". The Congress retains the important function of advising on the President's actions should she desire this.

The Congress is now free to do what it does best, arrange for hospital admissions, allocate liquor licenses, and grant carbohydrate waivers to restaurants.

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Congresscreeps and journ0listic hacks are in a race to the bottom for the coveted title of 0% (that's an Obama ZERO) public approval rating and.... the Congresscreeps have just taken the LEAD!
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I never thought I'd live to see this day, but: Thank goodness that, to have and keep my job, I must be and am a dues-paying member of SEIU. Bloody hell.
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