Congress Gets Its Own Obamacare Waiver
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.