December 4, 2013
Hypocrite Alert: Harry Reid Gives Staff Exemption From ObamacareTopics: Political News and commentaries
So, Obamacare is not good enough for Harry's staff, it's just for us ordinary folk.
In my book, he's the biggest hypocrite in the senate, and in a legislative body full of them, that's saying a whole lot.
Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, one of Obamacare's architects and staunchest supporters, is also the only top congressional leader to exempt some of his staff from having to buy insurance through the law's new exchanges.More here ...
Reid is the exception among the other top congressional leaders. GOP House Speaker John Boehner, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell have all directed their staffs to join the exchange, their aides said.
In the charged atmosphere surrounding Obamacare, Reid's decision only gives Republicans more ammo to attack Democrats already suffering politically from the law's botched rollout.
In September, Reid told reporters, "Let's stop these really juvenile political games -- the one dealing with health care for senators and House members and our staff. We are going to be part of exchanges, that's what the law says and we'll be part of that."
That's true. Reid and his personal staff will buy insurance through the exchange.
But it's also true that the law lets lawmakers decide if their committee and leadership staffers hold on to their federal employee insurance plans, an option Reid has exercised.
By the way, as you read on you find out that, yes ... you guessed it ... the fact that regular Americans who just lost their insurance will feel comforted to know that Senator Reid's staff gets to keep their government plan ... is all the Republicans' fault:
Former Reid staffer Jim Manley defended his old boss, arguing that "the only people hypocritical here are Republicans, who made this an issue in the first place."
Posted by Hyscience at December 4, 2013 11:04 AM
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