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Healthcare Bill Exempts Its Own Authors

From the National Journal’s Hotline On Call:

Leadership Aides Exempt From Bill?

March 23, 2010

By Reid Wilson

House GOP aides and the non-partisan Congressional Research Service believe health care legislation passed this week requires lawmakers to enroll in government-run insurance programs — while exempting leadership staffers, many of whom were instrumental in crafting the bill.

Top staffers buzzed yesterday on an off-the-record Capitol Hill list-serv, citing the part of the mammoth legislation that deals with members of Congress. The federal government can only make available to members and their official staffs health plans created by the bill or offered through an exchange.

But a member’s staff, in a subsection of the bill, is defined as "full-time and part-time employees employed by the official office of a Member of Congress, whether in Washington, DC or outside of Washington, DC." CRS has interpreted that clause to mean the bill applies only to a personal office, not to committee staff or leadership staff.

CRS reports are confidential unless a member of Congress makes one public. The interpretation of the legislation was provided to Hotline OnCall by a GOP aide involved in the list-serv on condition of anonymity.

The loophole for leadership staffers could impact thousands of Hill employees. There are 16 active leadership offices in the House and 26 in the Senate, according to the government transparency website LegiStorm. Some are small, with just a few employees. Others are much larger; Speaker Nancy Pelosi paid 54 employees a total of $1.1M in the last quarter of ’09, while House Min. Leader John Boehner paid his 26 staffers a total of $721K in the same quarter.

Leaving out committee staffers means aides at the 24 standing House committees and the 20 Senate panels will each be exempted as well, if CRS’s interpretation of the measure stands.

Funny how the people who should know it best don’t seem to want it.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

25 Responses to “Healthcare Bill Exempts Its Own Authors”

  1. proreason

    The commissars are safe.

    When the food is gone from the grocery stores, they will have their own grocercy stores.

    Just like in Russia.

    • Yarddog1

      People in Russia lacked a few items that are in plentiful supply in America. They’re behind every blade of grass.

      And, let us not forget the French. The taste of cake is getting a bit boring.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      I must again refer to the book, “MiG Pilot” by Viktor Belenko.

      http://www.amazon.com/Mig-Pilo.....0070038503

      He defected to Japan with his MiG-25, then a super-secret high-speed interceptor designed to chase and shoot down the SR-71 Blackbird. The US was really wanting to get its hands on one and Belenko obliged by blasting off one day and landing in Japan.

      He was quickly brought to the US. His escorts brought him on tours of the US and he couldn’t believe that they didn’t set it all up as a show beforehand. So, they threw him the keys to a car, said, “have at it” and he went where he wanted. He was amazed at the wealth, the lack of anything and that even “the poor” seemed very well fed.

      Now, I wonder what he thinks as he’s been a US citizen since 1977 now that we’ve moved in this horrible direction.

    • Mithrandir

      It’s the socialist way. They are keeping score, and if you have enough points, you can level-up in the party. You can get everything that is rationed for everyone else. The idea of providing for the ‘have-nots’ is a perpetual trick, in which the % of ‘have-nots’ increases, and the gov’t are the only ‘haves.’

      To make everyone poor and equal, shuts up the poor from complaining, as they have no one else to steal from.

  2. Yarddog1

    The law should apply equally to all citizens.

    These people are not “rulers”, yet.

    They are about to experience resistance like they have never imagined.

    Screw them and their horses, too!

  3. jobeth

    I’m wondering…Is that oversized gavel of Pelosi’s a stand in for testicles?

    Sorry toots…it isn’t working.

    Every time I see this photo that’s what I think of. Sorry folks

    • JohnMG

      This whole parade reminds me of a kindergarten class on a field trip to the zoo.

      I intend to remain hyper-pissed off from now ’til November. I no longer will be defferential to those whom I know voted for this criminal cabal. I will call them out at every opportunity and villify them for their stupidity. I will remind them ceaslessly of their thoughtless perfidy. I will embarrass them in front of others. I will highlight every violation of personal freedoms and point out their complicity in every traitorous act visited upon the masses. I will declare them an accomplice to every duplicitious manuever forced into being against the public will.

      In short, every time I recognize them I will see Obama and his criminal cohorts as well. I will hold them accountable for this vile, disgusting pit of vipers, and hold them up to the ridicule they have purchased for themselves by dragging the rest of us through this morass. I will endeavour with every fiber of my being to trample them back into the sludge from which they emerged. May they taste of the bitterness long after the rest of us have fought our way back from the brink.

      May these feckless bastards stew in the foul, loathsome, putrid effluvium for which they are responsible. May they, alone, deal with the consequences of their witless acts.

    • proreason

      John, I did that in June of 2008.

      There have been a number of interesting scenes since then.

    • JohnMG

      This has cost me two “friends” since yesterday, pro, but to paraphrase Rhett Butler, frankly, I don’t give a shit. With friends like these……..well, you know.

    • ptat

      My thoughts, exactly, JohnMG! The gloves are off. Every simpleton with an Obama bumper sticker owes me an apology. I will honk, and maybe even lift a finger. I am horrified and angry to see my country destroyed before my very eyes. As a Realtor, I will not have an Obama sympathizer for a client or customer–I will gladly discriminate against those who would destroy what our forefathers (and just plain fathers and mothers!) and fellow citizens have fought so hard to preserve and honor. These scum must go. They are not Americans. For Obama=Against America.

    • Mithrandir

      It reminds me of the pied piper leading the rats out of town—we could only be so lucky…

    • Mithrandir

      Is it me, or does Pelosi know the exact right time to rear her head back for a picture?

      No one else in the picture is laughing, or reacting to anything funny, but there is Pelosi, head cocked way back in hilarious laughter. Someone is signaling her to do this. It makes her look crazy.

  4. proreason

    Arrogance is virtually exclusively reserved for the ignorant and people with no accomplishments or confidence in their abilities.

    People who are intelligent, accomplished and confident of their abilities have no need for arrogance.

  5. proreason

    The MSM is beyond clueless.

    This is a clip where the chief Washington correspondent interviews Paul Ryan about ObamyScare. The whole clip is interesting, but this part just jumps out at you.

    “RYAN: …but I’m really worried about the fiscal effects of this bill.

    I have no illusion in my mind whatsoever that this thing is a fiscal Frankenstein, it’s a train wreck.

    ALLEN: But isn’t President Obama out there every day saying that it in the long run it saves money

    Allen says this with no apparent sarcasm. C L U E L E S S…… C L U E L E S S. …… C L U E L E S S. He has listened to the Moron now for 3 years. And he seems to believe what he says. Really, it’s mind-boggling. Absolutely mind boggling.

    http://www.politico.com/news/s.....34844.html

  6. ptat

    The most divisive president in history is also responsible for creating, ironically, one of the most racially volatile climates our society has ever had!

    • jobeth

      I’m sure glad he is such a “unifier” as he was called during his campaign. (/sarc)

      Actually he really is. He has unified Americans in a way that hasn’t been seen since at least WWII…maybe even 1776!

      I’ve never seen such angst and anger in my life and I’m no spring chicken.

      I’ve never EVER heard so many people express…seriously…the willingness to do what ever it takes AGAINST our own government in order to protect our constitutional and our God given rights.

      Times like this I am proud beyond proud to be a part of this group.

      Gives fresh life to Todd Beamers “Let’s Roll!”

  7. swee

    Why is anyone surprises? Of course, Politico held this story until the bill was signed into law…but there will be more stories like this and the outrage will continue to grow. Those politicians better get body guards. FAST!

  8. wirenut

    You all have a passion for words and thought. I applaud, No, I have a “Standing-O” for the comments above. Freedom still beckons for those that are strong enough to seek it. The only thing I could add to any of the above is, from my cold dead hands.

    • JohnMG

      Hey, wirenut, answer this for me if you can. Why does Madison and Milwaukee exert so much influence over the rest of the state? My wife is originally from Menomonie (I-94 west of Eau Claire) and the people there don’t seem so radical. Maybe it’s the proximity to Chicago? Seems to be a lot of nut-cases in those two urban areas. But enough to poison the whole state?………..

      Just askin’–no slight intended. ;-}

  9. wirenut

    None taken, after you get west of Portage, the mad-city thinks its Minnesota!
    Q. What does Madison WI. and Hoover vacuums have in common?
    A. Dirtbags!

    • MinnesotaRush

      Q. What do Madison WI. and Hoover vacuums have in common?
      A. Dirtbags!

      They both suck???

  10. wirenut

    JohnMG. The real answer is how the state is divided. To the east and all along Lake Michigan is/was industrial. To the west and northwest is agricultural mainly, or recreational when the land served no other purpose. Again, east meets west. Unions vs. common folks. The individualism that carved this part of the state, is still alive, we are still quite sane.
    For now. I believe most of the adults around here were of the mind that, let the “children” play in the Capitol. I have to earn a living right now. From that, the “children” have now become the taskmasters

  11. MinnesotaRush

    “Healthcare Bill Exempts Its Own Authors”

    Our Founders foresaw this, too: (from The Patriot Post)

    “(And regarding all those “exemptions” and “exceptions” for members of Congress, I draw your attention to James Madison’s words in Federalist No. 57: “If this spirit shall ever be so far debased as to tolerate a law not obligatory on the legislature, as well as on the people, the people will be prepared to tolerate any thing but liberty.”)”

    “Thomas Jefferson asserted: “[G]iving [Congress] a distinct and independent power to do any act they please which may be good for the Union, would render all the preceding and subsequent enumerations of power completely useless. It would reduce the whole [Constitution] to a single phrase, that of instituting a Congress with power to do whatever would be for the good of the United States; and as sole judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to do whatever evil they please. Certainly, no such universal power was meant to be given them. [The Constitution] was intended to lace them up straightly within the enumerated powers and those without which, as means, these powers could not be carried into effect.”

    Really brings light to a few things, ‘ay.

  12. wirenut

    If the Chicago-mob can have dead people vote, can I vote for old dead white guys? Like, any of our founders!!!!
    I guess that would be like upholding the Constitution. Sorry folks, the red son is rising.

  13. Mithrandir

    What kick-backs did your rep. or state get?

    »Black Vote: Historically black colleges specifically get $2.5 billion in aid, historically white colleges get $0. This is on top of the over $1.5 Billion Obama gave to72,705 black farmer plaintiffs who claimed they were denied loans. Originally it was 400, but Obama extended the filing deadline and allowed activists to find 72,300 more to be added to the payday.

    »Nebraska: Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb. — A commitment that the federal government will permanently pay for Medicaid expansion in the Cornhusker State at a cost of about $100 million.

    »North Dakota: Sen. Kent Conrad (D), the states only socialist bank, would be eligible to continue to issue student loans with federal guarantees of repayment on default. Even though the government will control all student loan payments, this is the only bank in America that was given an exception.

    »Louisiana: Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. — Up to $300 million in additional federal money to pay for the state of Louisiana’s share of the proposed expansion of Medicaid.

    »Nebraska / Michigan: Sens. Ben Nelson and Carl Levin, D-Mich. — A provision that shelters Mutual of Omaha in Nebraska and Blue Cross Blue Shield in Michigan from a proposed $10 billion annual fee on the health insurance industry.

    »Connecticut: Chris Dodd, D-Conn. — Dodd, facing a re-election battle with low poll numbers, inserted a $100 million grant tailored to a proposal for a new hospital at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

    »Vermont: Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. — A 2.2 percent increase in federal coverage of Medicaid expansion, worth about $600 million over a decade.

    »Florida: Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. — A special provision that will exempt about 800,000 senior citizens in the Sunshine State from any of the proposed cuts to the Medicaid Advantage program.

    »California Democrats Dennis Cardoza, and Jim Costa will vote ‘yes’ after the Obama administration agreed to turn the water back on in the Central Vally which should not have been cut off in the first place. The loss of jobs and agriculture severely hurt the citizens of this region. Another example of gov’t creating a crisis, as a bargaining chip later.

    »Montana: Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont. — The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and a chief architect of the health care bill inserted language in the bill to provide services and benefits, including Medicare, for a group of Montana miners exposed to asbestos.

    »Utah: Congressman Jim Matheson’s brother was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit by President Obama. After which, his ‘no’ vote turned to a ‘yes’ vote for health care.

    »Michigan Bart Stupak was was a ardent ‘no’ vote for health care. Shortly after he changed to the ‘yes’ column, he announced $726,409 for airports in his district.

    »Unions: unions pay nothing on their health care for years until they can negotiate new contracts, while the rest of us shell out a 40% tax on plans worth $8,500 for individuals and now $24,000 for families.

    »Congress and the White House are exempt from participating in any health care changes they put into law.

    »Congressman Eric Massa (D-New York) was a ‘no’ vote on health care, was forced from his office 14 days before the health care vote.




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