So now both the GOP and Dems are worried about a “brain drain” of their staffs heading for the hills if they are stuck with going onto Obamacare and his so-called “Exchanges”. So let us suffer the consequences of this ill-formed government intrusion, but let your staff off the hook. They all ought to be on the exchanges if they are so swell. Just think about the arrogance. They pass a law and then are now asking Obama to nullify it by Executive Action. So this is going to be the ultimate blackmail that will get the GOP to cave??
President Barack Obama privately told Democratic senators Wednesday he is now personally involved in resolving a heated dispute over how Obamacare treats Capitol Hill aides and lawmakers, according to senators in the meeting.
At issue is whether Obama’s health care law allows the federal government to continue to pay part of the health insurance premiums for members of Congress and thousands of Hill aides when they are nudged onto health exchanges.
So let me cut to the chase of this post:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) have been pressing OPM and the White House to find a solution to this issue through administrative action. Reid and Boehner — under heavy pressure almost daily from their own members and senators — have been leaning hard on administration officials, including White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, for answers.
And here is physician Coburn opining on the matter:
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) has placed a hold on the nomination of Katherine Archuleta to head OPM because of the agency’s silence on this issue. Reid and Boehner have submitted several options to OPM to resolve the dispute, but there has been no formal decision issued yet.
Coburn said he wants to know how the agency will rule on the provision because he wants time to possibly pursue a legislative fix, if necessary. IF Necessary???? Are you kidding me? Too much work, huh?
“I don’t care what the answer is. Give us an answer so that if we want to do a legislative fix to take care of the people who actually work for us,” the Oklahoma Republican told POLITICO. “I mean, they’re going to be the only set of federal employees that actually get paid by the federal government that have to go in the exchange.”
The president’s commitment was delivered at the beginning of Obama’s remarks to Senate Democrats during a closed-door session.
“He’s looking at what we can do with it administratively,” said Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee. “The president said he’s working on it.” At Wednesday’s meeting, Obama told the Democratic senators he was working to find a solution and that the administration will soon present its plan to top lawmakers in both parties