Lawmakers, aides may get Obamacare exemption
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.
Who could have seen this coming.
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.
It’s all “extraordinarily sensitive”. I wonder why.
A source close to the talks says: “Everyone has to hold hands on this and jump, or nothing is going to get done.”
Safety in numbers. If this deal goes down it’s a good reason to vote out every member of Congress.
Read the whole thing if you feel inadequately cynical.