By Doug Book, editor
So eager were congressional Democrats to sign Barack Obama’s healthcare servitude plan into law that nary a one recognized the fact that passage would effectively end their top of the line, taxpayer funded health insurance coverage.
And this would be just one of the unpleasant Affordable Care Act realities to take the legislation’s authors by surprise. For they would also lose some $10,000 in yearly premium assistance which had for decades been part of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP). “In effect, the Affordable Care Act gave members of Congress a $10,000 pay cut.”
But that Washington lawmakers should be ravaged to the tune of $10,000—even as a result of their own legislative efforts—well that sort of inconvenience is reserved for commoners, after all.
So the Office of Personnel Management (OPM)—with some slight urging on by Barack Obama—decided it might ignore that portion of the Affordable Care Act which forbids providing generous subsidies to congressional employees.
But not even this convenient bit of contempt for the law would eliminate other problems the Affordable Care Act would cause its authors. Perhaps the greatest of these “prohibits employers from making contributions to their employee’s coverage through the American Health Benefits Exchange (ObamaCare Exchange) THAT SERVES INDIVIDUALS.” (my caps)
Difficult as it is to believe, members of Congress are employees of the American people. Their benefits, salaries and the like are handled by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). If congress wanted to take advantage of the generous, ongoing premium assistance illegally afforded its members, they would have to sign up for ObamaCare with the D.C. Small Business Exchange.
However, D. C. law “limits participation in the Exchange to small businesses employing 50 or fewer full-time employees.” This should have made it rather difficult to register the 12,359 congressmen, dependents, staffers and others currently taking advantage of taxpayer financed health insurance.
But the D.C. ObamaCare Small Business Exchange accepted applications in which the House and Senate claimed the existence of only 45 members each. Obviously these applications were known to be painfully fraudulent both by those who submitted them and by the D.C. Exchange which accepted them.
Judicial Watch, the very persistent, conservative watchdog
organization founded by Attorney Larry Klayman is pursuing a lawsuit in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, seeking to prevent the D.C. Exchange receiving $77 million tax dollars targeted to support the illegal enrollment and membership of the 12,000+ congressional minions.
So our congressional “employees” have defrauded the American people and American taxpayers by engaging in a willful conspiracy with the Office of Personnel Management, the D.C. Small Business Exchange and Barack Obama! Judicial Watch lawyers have at last forced officials at the D.C. Small Business (ObamaCare) Exchange to fess up and admit that “Congress is taking advantage of health benefits its members and staff are not entitled to claim.” Of course, the Exchange “blacked out” the names of those who submitted the false ObamaCare applications on the part of the House and Senate; applications received in response to a Freedom of Information lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch.
Members of the House and Senate do not exhibit self-importance; rather they are self-infatuated, displaying an arrogance born of uncontested power. CiR will keep readers up to date with the progress of the Judicial Watch lawsuit.