Now the head of the IRS says “I don’t want your stinkin Obamacare.”
And now an update:
Anyone who read my rant yesterday will be “stunned” to hear that Obama is going to save Congress and their staff from going on to Obamacare. This is how it worked. Senator Grassley passed an amendment that became part of the law that Congress had to participate in Obamacare. A change of heart occurred- pure outrage and instead of passing a change in the legislation, they simply asked Obama to grant them a waiver. See yesterday’s post for a descriptive analysis!
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.
Translation. They didn’t have the you know what to take a vote and be on the record for exempting themselves. Beg Obama to save themselves. Much better.
Obama rescues Congress. Grants waiver to Obamacare
Lawmakers and staff can breathe easy — their health care tab is not going to soar next year. Translation: In other words, Congress does not have to go onto the Obamacare exchanges
A White House official confirmed the deal and said the proposed regulations will be issued next week.
The problem was rooted in the original text of the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) inserted a provision which said members of Congress and their aides must be covered by plans “created” by the law or “offered through an exchange.”
Read more: Politico
IRS Commissioner: I Would Rather Keep My Health Plan Than Have Obamacare (August 1, 2013)