If the Shoe Fits: Obamacare Sets Up a “Ruling Class”
Remember the whole Congress-exempting-itself-from-Obamacare flap? Well, The Hill reports some members of Congress are raising uncomfortable questions about how the deal with the Obama administration was struck:
Freshman Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) on Wednesday accused GOP leaders of “colluding” with Democrats on a plan to exempt congressional staffers from higher insurance costs under ObamaCare.
DeSantis said the GOP should be fighting this exception, which he said makes Congress and their staff a sort of “ruling class.”
Rep. DeSantis said:
“[W]e… have leaders in the Republican Party, some of the establishment folks who have kind of agreed, ‘Hey, we’re not going to touch this issue. We’re just going to kind of let it go,'” DeSantis said on the Rusty Humphries radio show Wednesday.
“So they’re colluding with the Democrats on that. I think that’s a huge mistake.”
“As a member of Congress and the staffs, we’re supposed to be part of servant class,” he said. “We serve the American people. We represent them, instead of a ruling class with different sets of rules.”
Sadly, many lawmakers feel they are part of the Ruling class. We noted recently House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) thinks that Congress is America’s “board of directors” rather than public servants. They should listen to the majority of Americans who oppose Obamacare. Sadly, many members are too blinded by Washington Establishment politics to see that.
Now, most Members of Congress are standing idly by as the Administration grants them special favors:
This morning, the Obama Administration released a proposed rule by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that has the effect of allowing Members of Congress and their staffs to buy health insurance coverage in the new exchanges (as required by Obamacare) and use the large, tax-free subsidy that they receive for their current coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program (FEHBP) to pay for their new exchange coverage.