Friday, April 26, 2013

(update): Unbridled hubris and hypocrisy

Update: Dem pols are strongly denying this report (HT: DrudgeReport; see here.)  Wouldn't be surprised if this happened anyway in the future, maybe passed during a time of crisis when the public isn't paying attention....politicians have used that tactic since time immemorial...

Apparently there is a developing story that our political representatives -- Reps and Dems alike -- are working on carving out exemptions to the requirements of Obamacare for themselves and their aids.  Politico reports in this article (HT: DrudgeReport):
Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, sources in both parties said.

The talks — which involve Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Obama administration and other top lawmakers — are extraordinarily sensitive, with both sides acutely aware of the potential for political fallout from giving carve-outs from the hugely controversial law to 535 lawmakers and thousands of their aides. Discussions have stretched out for months, sources said.
In a way, I almost hope this happens since it will absolutely incense the general public (I think).  And given the current public opinion about Obamacare (it's polling well under 50% approval), that can only have positive effects.