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Bryan Preston

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August 1, 2013 - 7:36 pm

Congress passed the Obamacare law but won’t have to live under it. My thoughts at this turn of events are unprintable.

Lawmakers and staff can breathe easy – their health care tab is not going to soar next year.

The Office of Personnel Management, under heavy pressure from Capitol Hill, will issue  regulations saying that the government can continue to make the employer contribution to the health plans of members and aides, according to several Hill sources.

Politico’s headline on its story about the “fix” is hilarious:

Capitol Hill’s Obamacare crisis solved

America’s Obamacare crisis remains very much unsolved.

The OPM’s move is illegal. 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.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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The next special deal will fix it for the unions. Wait for it.

I'm madder than ever about this. What's it gonna be? Screaming town halls? A march in September?
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Whew! You don't know what a relief it is, knowing our rulers won't have to pay some of their own personal expenses. They got a ruling from OPM -- isn't that special! If we had a ruling, we could get free stuff too.

Of course, WE bovine unwashed dummies will pay, but what's OK for the gods is not OK for cattle. "Quod licet Jovi, non licet bovi."

"Rip it out root and branch." That's the only cure. This thing is the U.S. equivalent of the collectivization of agriculture in the U.S.S.R.

Stalin took over ("collectivized") the farming sector and wrecked the Soviet food supply for generations. Obama is taking over the American medical sector, and he'll turn medical treatment into a giant cluster Fark of monumental proportions. And destroy freedom as well.

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If only Obama were a Republican. The press would be running banner headlines daily, maybe even a countdown to full implementation, about how awful this law is and what hypocrites its creators are. But instead, barely a mutter and so onward march the dutiful low-information voters like buffalo herds off a cliff.
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These people have rules that apply to us and a whole set of "other" rules that apply to them. Insider trading sends us to jail. Insider trading makes them millionaires. Obamacare for us - and the cost. Good, free health care for them - paid for by us. Anyone who still refers to what is going on as "democracy" is full of crap.
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If enough people vote in 2014 we can get a veto-proof congress and ram this health care debacle down obama's throat.
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Who is John Galt?
I am.
And you should become me too.
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Well surely our representatives will take this illegality to court and rectify this situation, so that all government employees will be covered by Obamacare, the finest medical care yet, just like the rest of us are going to be, right ?.......Uh......maybe not.
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Obama Delenda Est.
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If the US is, as usual, luckier than it deserves to be, there will be a narrow
window of opportunity between the time when rule of man causes the
general public unacceptable pain, and the time when the whole system
crashes, in which reformers can use that pain to gain power and restore
rule of law. My bet is that it is too late, and TPTB know it, which explains
their blatantly illegal and unconstitutional behavior: There will be no 'next time'.
51 weeks ago
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We the People could solve all of this next week, if we cared enough. If 3 million of us showed up on the Mall, and demanded the rule of law again, and didn't leave for weeks, things would change.
But we don't, so they don't. Those doing all of this malfeasance know that there will be no serious repercussions, as they know those opposed to what they are doing aren't willing to make the effort to make their opposition stick.
Look in the mirror, people. If you want to know who's fault all of this is, you now know.
And lawsuits aren't going to fix this. Neither is voting. Things are too far gone.
51 weeks ago
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We ignore this lawlessness (along with a multitude of other examples) at the peril of our Constitutional republic. And I don't believe that to be hyperbole. Unfortunately...
51 weeks ago
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Whew! You don't know what a relief it is, knowing our rulers won't have to pay some of their own personal expenses. They got a ruling from OPM -- isn't that special! If we had a ruling, we could get free stuff too.

Of course, WE bovine unwashed dummies will pay, but what's OK for the gods is not OK for cattle. "Quod licet Jovi, non licet bovi."

"Rip it out root and branch." That's the only cure. This thing is the U.S. equivalent of the collectivization of agriculture in the U.S.S.R.

Stalin took over ("collectivized") the farming sector and wrecked the Soviet food supply for generations. Obama is taking over the American medical sector, and he'll turn medical treatment into a giant cluster Fark of monumental proportions. And destroy freedom as well.

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From the article:
"The OPM’s move is illegal. 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."
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And yet the Rick Moran's of the world prefer Obamacare unhindered.
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