“Notwithstanding any other provision of the law, after the effective date of this subtitle, the only health plans that the Federal Government may make available to Members of Congress and Congressional staff with respect to their service as a Member of Congress or congressional staff shall be health plans that are — (I) created under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act); or (II) offered through an Exchange established under this Act (or an Amendment made by this Act).”
In other words, as required by law Congress must sign up for Obamacare.
And now under emotional duress the Republicans…who all voted against ObamaCare by the way…are now one by one being forced…just like the American people are being forced…into signing up for the very thing they oppose. And while I am NOT now or ever was a fan of Rand Paul and now NOT a fan of Paul Ryan after his caving to the Democrats on the budget, they are following the law even though they oppose the law. And now that it’s been mandated, they like the rest of us need insurance for themselves and their families, so there really is NOTHING wrong with Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) joining the ObamaCare DC Health Link, the healthcare exchange designated for members of Congress…as has my Senator…Senator Marco Rubio.
And just yesterday Republican…albeit RINO…Sen. Lindsey Graham decided to sign up for ObamaCare in the South Carolina (his home state) exchange instead of the DC Exchange but ObamaCare is ObamaCare NO matter where you sign-up for it. “Obamacare is being pushed on the American people and we should live under it just like everyone else,” Graham said.
Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota and Sen. Michael Enzi of Wyoming will also be signing up in their home states, and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann…whose insurance was cancelled because of ObamaCare…will be doing so too but at almost three times the amount she was previously paying. And the numbers of Senators and Representatives signing up will be increasing as the website starts working better…gagging on that one.
“My interest in having Members of Congress participate in the exchange is consistent with my long-held view that Congress should live under the same laws it passes for the rest of the country,” Grassley said.
And this is what Rubio, Paul, Ryan and the others signed onto…and they can always down the road return the subsidies…which I’m sure they will do…hint, hint. These three worked together to try and…for lack of a better word…kill…the dreaded Obamacare, and all declined to support a ‘stopgap bill’ to fund the government unless that bill also defunded as Rubio said, “this Obamacare bill that is going to be an absolute disaster for the American economy.”
So retuning the subsidies would be the right and honorable thing to do and they know it.
And if you think about it, their signing on might in the end actually be a good thing for their experiences now become a true gauge of the exchanges and how they work or more likely how they don’t work…a gauge we can trust a hell of a lot more than what we’re being fed by Obama’s people….and we get it without the phony, done for money endorsements given by those handpicked by the left. And Rand Paul’s experience last week shows the true nightmare ObamaCare really is for even with said subsidies in place, Rand Paul saw firsthand the sticker shock regular Americans are seeing when he had to pay $20,000 for his plan, four times as much as he paid five years ago. And as an added little bit of happiness Paul said it took him over two hours to successfully enroll because the anything but wonderful ObamaCare DC Health Link lost the data he entered the first time he put it in.`
And this sticker shot hit Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio as well allowing them to feel the pain just like ‘We the People’ are feeling it.
“Senator Rubio spent time looking at all the options and decided to enroll through the D.C. exchange for coverage for him and his family,” Rubio’s spokeswoman Brooke Sammon said, adding that “Senator Rubio is following the law, even though he opposes it.” And contrary to the media rantings and political pundit put downs against Rubio for enrolling in the DC Exchange, this is the action of a man who truly has Americans best interests at heart.
By NOT putting themselves above ‘We the People’ when they easily could have, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, and the others have indeed done the right thing for this shows they are NOT above America’s citizenry but stand united with us.