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I've been thinking the last few days and I have a few problems with calling the subsidy that Congressmen and their staff will receive an "exemption from Obamacare." But what really irks me about it, is that per Obamacare all employers with more than 50 employees have to provide health insurance to their employees.
Granted, this provision has been delayed a year by the Obama administration to give "small" businesses some additional time to prepare, which Republicans are also up in arms about. I'm no lawyer so I can't speak to the legality of what President Obama did in that regard, but if Republicans have a problem with it, couldn't they file a lawsuit? And shouldn't they be happy that employers get a 1-year delay from the law they hate so much?
But my larger point is, in my mind it would be an "exemption" if the government didn't pay for health care for their "employees," i.e. Congressmen and their staff.
That point aside, $174,000 (the salary of a non-ranking member of Congress) is a lot of money to pay people who can't even do their most basic job of keeping the fucking lights turned on. Given that obnoxious salary I'd actually be okay with making them pay for their own health insurance, but obviously this bullshit political tactic would hurt the low-paid staff more than anyone else.