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GOP Bill Would Force Obama Into Obama-Care

From the Politico:

President Obama may enroll under health law

By KYLE CHENEY | March 21, 2013

… In the days following the passage of the health law in March 2010, the White House confirmed that Obama planned to walk the walk by enrolling in one of the health insurance exchanges his law created, assuming his reelection.

“The president will participate in the exchange,” an administration spokesman told USA Today at the time, rejecting Republican efforts to compel the president to do so by law.

In other words, Obama made this promise to head off a bill from the Republicans to require him to do this. And, it turns out, that he is now "poised" to follow through on his three year old promise because some Republicans are once again threatening to require this by law. (See below.)

But you would never know any of this from the Politico’s piece.

It would be a purely symbolic gesture — much like his decision to cast the first early ballot by a sitting president last year — in part because he’ll still have access to the White House Medical Unit and the official physician to the president, an office that has served every executive since the Revolution…

With his reelection in the rearview mirror though, Obama seems poised to make good on his promise to join an exchange. Asked repeatedly whether the president planned to follow through, White House officials deferred to the statement published three years ago by USA Today.

And that non-answer shows that he is "poised to make good on his promise"?

But the exchanges aren’t intended for people like the president. They’re designed for people who don’t get health coverage on the job. Most people in the exchanges will be there for that reason — and they can’t tap into the subsidies if they have another option…

So what? Is the Politico trying to come up with an excuse for Obama crawfishing on his promise?

Meanwhile, here is the real reason for Obama’s sudden interest in fulfilling his promise, via The Hill:

Senate GOP proposals would force Obama into health law exchanges

By Sam Baker | March 21, 2013

Republican amendments to the Senate’s budget proposal would require President Obama and Vice President Biden to get their medical care through the new exchanges created by Obama’s signature healthcare law.

Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) both offered amendments to move the president and vice president into the healthcare law’s exchanges.

After the Affordable Care Act passed, the White House said Obama would enroll in an exchange once the time came in 2014. Collins and Ayotte’s amendments would require the president, the vice president and the Cabinet to put their premiums where their politics are.

Lawmakers and most of their staff members already have to purchase coverage through an exchange, thanks to a provision Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) added to the healthcare law.

But the White House and its staff aren’t covered by that provision. Some congressional leadership staffers also aren’t affected, and can remain in the healthcare exchange for federal employees…

So once again, the Republicans are trying to make Obama walk the walk, just like they have to do.

What’s good for the goose should be good for the gander. (To use a ‘gender equality’ metaphor.)

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 22nd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “GOP Bill Would Force Obama Into Obama-Care”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    “Affordable Health Care Act” is neither.
    Dog and pony show here……nothing more.
    Although I would love to see him denied cough medicine.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Uh huh. Sure. You bet … oh, look. A pink elephant ….

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