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  •  Thanks for the info about it beig (0+ / 0-)

    designed as a poison pill by Grassley. Interesting. But in one sense he was correct in sensing that there was a "fine for thee but not for me" undercurrent that could be exploited - it just took awhile for it to kick in.

    The Republicans will make a lot of hay from this - if it's so great, why is a Democratic President exempting Congress from it by executive fiat? It is hard to spin in a positive manner.

    “Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” FDR

    by Phoebe Loosinhouse on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 07:20:49 AM PDT

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    •  He's not exempting them actually. (0+ / 0-)

      He's making it work more similarly to what other employees still get under the ACA. If your employer provides your health insurance, they pay part of the cost, they just get tax rebates now to help cover that. The only difference is, instead of being told which plan (or being given a choice between maybe 2), Congress is being allowed to shop on the exchange once it's set up in 2014. The Government isn't a small business with less than 50 people, so, with the exception of using the exchange the ACA is working for Congress exactly as it works for everyone else. The only 'exemption' is giving them more choices over their health care rather than less. Now granted, they are losing their buff 'congressional grade' healthcare and being 'reduced' to what everyone else has to deal with. But they won't get any big pitty party from me for that.

      "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

      by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Aug 02, 2013 at 10:37:00 AM PDT

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