Nationwide Rallies on June 17 to End Congress’ Illegal Obamacare Exemption; Congress is Not a “Small Business”
The bad news regarding Obamacare continues to pile up. Because not enough healthy people signed up, insurance companies are requesting rate increases up to 50% for 2016. State Obamacare exchanges are collapsing. California’s Obamacare exchange is running an $80 million deficit. Most of the people who obtained converge are in Medicaid, inferior government health insurance. Obamacare created $270 Billion in new administrative costs. And I could go on and on with bad Obamacare news.
Government run healthcare doesn’t work. Who would have thunk it?
If the Supreme Court follows the plain language of the Obamacare law (“we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it”) rather than plays politics, the people in 37 states that wisely did not establish Obamacare exchanges will be freed from the worst of Obamacare later this month in King vs. Burwell.
To add insult to injury, Congress is getting an illegal exemption from Obamacare by claiming to be a “small business.”
Most people opposed Obamacare when passed and to this day. To make it marginally more palatable, §1312 requires Congress and it staff get their health insurance from an Obamacare exchange. §1512 provides employees who purchase through an Obamacare exchange “lose the employer contribution.”
This allowed members of Congress to claim they were going to live under the very controversial law they passed for the rest of us.
However, members of the Washington political class are not about to let a little thing like the law get in the way of protecting their own economic self interests.
After much public whining and probably backroom dealing, the Office of Personnel Management ruled in clear violation of the law that Congress could keep its employer (i.e. taxpayer) subsidized health insurance.
Then, Congress and its 20,000+ employees obtained health insurance from the DC Obamacare exchange by submitting a document under penalty of perjury claiming to be a “small business” with 50 or fewer employees. [That document is as well hidden as Obama’s college records and the proposed ObamaTrade agreement.]
This is the kind of deceit, manipulation and contempt for the law and the American people we unfortunately expect from the Washington political class. But we should not accept it.
Congress should not be above the law it makes the rest of us live under. If Congress wants to change the law, it can. Congress can pass a bill publically exempting itself from Obamacare that other Americans have to live under. However, their constituents might ask why not exempt all Americans from Obamacare.
The largest political divide in America is not between Dems and Reps or between liberals and conservatives; it is between the Washington ruling class and the American people. No issue shows this as well as Congress’ illegal Obamacare exemption.
BTW, polls show 88% of the people, including large majorities of Dems, Reps and independents, oppose Congress’ illegal Obamacare exemption.
On June 17, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Tea Party Patriots and its allies will hold rallies at congressional offices around the country to encourage members of Congress to live under the laws they passed including Obamacare.
The Redlands Tea Party Patriots and our Unite IE allies will take this message to Pete Aguilar’s office at 8300 Utica Avenue, #105, Rancho Cucamonga. If you share our outrage and disgust at Congress getting an illegal Obamacare exemption by claiming to be a “small business,” please join us.
“The most important political office is that of the private citizen.” Justice Louis D. Brandeis
Gregory W. Brittain, Attorney at Law
Redlands Tea Party Patriots Cabinet Member
Unite IE Board Member