Harry Reid: Congress’s ObamaCare exemption is “what the law says,” sorry I’m not sorry

posted at 1:21 pm on September 13, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

ObamaCare’s popularity so far isn’t improving with age, and the special treatment that Congress requested for itself in continuing the federal government’s heavy subsidization of lawmakers’ and staffers’ health care plans through ObamaCare is faring even worse. While Congress seemed generally and very furtively pleased when the White House first announced their glibly unilateral plan to have the Office of Personnel Management issue a ruling that the government can continue to make contributions to their health plans, at least a handful of Republicans have since begun to seize on the idea to expose Democrats’ hypocritical ambitions to escape the “Affordable” Care Act that they claim to love so very much.

Putting Democrats on the defense about why the law creates perverse incentives that Congress gets to bypass, while the rest of America has no choice but to endure, has the potential to be both politically illuminating as well as immensely entertaining. For instance, via the Daily Caller:

Responding to the hoopla surrounding the health insurance policies on Capitol Hill, the Nevada Democrat flatly stated Thursday, “That’s what the law says, and we’ll be part of that.”

Reid said the Republicans and critics are just using the issue as a “diversion” to “try and embarrass the president.”

“Let’s stop these really juvenile political games,” Reid said. “The one dealing with healthcare for Senators and House members and our staff. We are going to be part of exchanges.” …

“We’ll be treated like the rest of the federal employees,” he said Thursday. “It’s nothing unique that employers help pay for health care. Ford Motor Company, Sears, doesn’t matter.”

“That’s what the law says.” …Yes, it is rather convenient that the White House can thusly placate Congress just by suddenly deciding to make changes and additions to the law through obfuscating and questionable legal channels whenever it likes, isn’t it?

Anyhow, Politico reported on Wednesday that even our esteemed members of Congress might have to deal with the administration’s frazzled rollout of the health care law. Their exemption might not quite be ready by the official start date, the poor dears:

The Office of Personnel Management may not issue final rules about how members of Congress and their staff can get insurance coverage through exchanges until after enrollment opens on Oct. 1, Chief Administrative Officer of the House Dan Strodel wrote in a memo to staff Wednesday. Without the final rule, Hill staff won’t be able to view their plan options, costs, benefits or final details on who must enter the exchange, he wrote.

“Members and staff are advised that although state and federal healthcare exchanges created under the ACA [Affordable Care Act] will open for enrollment on October 1, it will not be possible to confirm plan options, costs, benefits, or which House staff will be affected until OPM issues final regulations, which could very well be after the exchanges have already opened,” the memo says. ..

“However, please be assured that from the day the OPM final rule is issued until the open enrollment period closes, our benefits counselors will work tirelessly to ensure there is no gap in coverage for those no longer eligible to participate in FEHBP,” the memo continues.


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Pound sand, Harry. Live by the same rules as the serfs.

chewmeister on September 13, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Damn, Harry Reid makes a great commissar.

Viator on September 13, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Harry – you freaking moron-
Democrite Congressmen and Senators should be FIRST in line at your mandated Healthcare Exchanges…….you fraud.

FlaMurph on September 13, 2013 at 1:25 PM

and it looks like Joe already has a new job.
http://themorningspew.com/2013/09/13/french-unveil-new-robot-to-revive-industry/

bloggless on September 13, 2013 at 1:25 PM

The law says a lot of things Harry and your President has ignored them. What’s one more thing eh?

Gatsu on September 13, 2013 at 1:25 PM

May his adult diapers leak on the Senate chamber floor.

Frequently.

CurtZHP on September 13, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Harry and McCain s/b in the same creche room…with Ms. Lindsey exchanging their diapers and bed pans.

Schadenfreude on September 13, 2013 at 1:27 PM

How do you know Harry Reid is lying?
His lips are moving.

Athos on September 13, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Yeah.. how freaking juvenile of us to demand we all be treated equally under the law!

JellyToast on September 13, 2013 at 1:28 PM

“We follow the law, and we make the law. Any questions?”

-Harry Reid

portlandon on September 13, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Please keep talking Reid, might just get a bigger majority of republicans than is already slated in the senate.

jukin3 on September 13, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Excellent, let us then exempt the entire nation from Obamacare…

mnjg on September 13, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Erika, you forgot to mention that Senate Dems are threatening to introduce resolutions embarrassing David Vitter, the main one taking up this cause, unless he backs down.

changer1701 on September 13, 2013 at 1:35 PM

NO. IT. IS. NOT.

Can Harry Reid just croak already?

Resist We Much on September 13, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Everyone hates Obamacare. Everyone.

Punchenko on September 13, 2013 at 1:35 PM

They wrote the law.

Instead of saying “Hey, don’t blame us, that’s the law.”

Why don’t they acknowledge it’s not fair and either own it or say, “We wrote it. It’s not fair. We’ll rewrite it.”

JadeNYU on September 13, 2013 at 1:36 PM

OT – And there may? be much rejoicing.

http://weaselzippers.us/2013/09/13/mcrino-hints-at-retirement-in-2016-says-hes-probably-in-his-last-term/

MontanaMmmm on September 13, 2013 at 1:37 PM

LIAR.

ExpressoBold on September 13, 2013 at 1:37 PM

DEFUND OBAMACARE.

If the gop leadership won’t do it before October 1st then they should be forced to resign.

Shut the sucka down if you have too.

PappyD61 on September 13, 2013 at 1:44 PM

If laws can’t change, why do we have a congress?

besser tot als rot on September 13, 2013 at 1:45 PM

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/321835-reid-anarchist-have-taken-over-the-house-senate

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday said “anarchists” have taken over Congress.

Reid (D-Nev.) said Tea Party Republicans are preventing progress on an energy efficiency bill by offering amendments on ObamaCare and other unrelated issues.

“We’re diverted totally from what this bill is about. Why? Because the anarchists have taken over,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “They’ve taken over the House and now they’ve taken over the Senate.

“People who don’t believe in government — and that’s what the Tea Party is all about — are winning, and that’s a shame.”

The Silver State liar doth protest.

PappyD61 on September 13, 2013 at 1:47 PM

If laws can’t change, why do we have a congress?

besser tot als rot on September 13, 2013 at 1:45 PM

The people can’t fleece themselves now can they??

Gatsu on September 13, 2013 at 1:53 PM

Harry and his band of crooks and bums take care of themselves and to hell with everybody else. Doesn’t it make you proud to be an American?

rplat on September 13, 2013 at 1:55 PM

TED CRUZ 2016!

Pork-Chop on September 13, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday said “anarchists” have taken over Congress.
“People who don’t believe in government — and that’s what the Tea Party is all about — are winning, and that’s a shame.”
The Silver State liar doth protest.

PappyD61 on September 13, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Yes he is quite the indignant mobster. He greatly fears the rule of law. The Ted Bundy of the senate should. His crimes are many and hopefully soon they will find him.
I’d hate to see him kack of old age and constant incontinence before justice and a lengthy prison sentence can be served. Hang in there Harry. Don’t cheat the American people of that at least.

onomo on September 13, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Yep, its the law … the law you bastards wrote to take care of yourselves

clippermiami on September 13, 2013 at 1:57 PM

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-09-13/behold-twitters-thought-leader-titans

You want to know why Obama hasn’t been driven out of office?

He’s the first Celebtician.

This is why people like Harry Reid even have a platform (they get to ride the 2008 Grant Park wave to continued power).

All hail @barackobama.

PappyD61 on September 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM

“People who don’t believe in government — and that’s what the Tea Party is all about — are winning, and that’s a shame.”

..and I was assured that the Tea Party was dead.

Assured. Over and over.

Tee hee.

98ZJUSMC on September 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Insane McVain Hints At Retirement In 2016, Says He’s “Probably” In His Last Term…

“The president and I, he’s in his last term, I’m probably in mine, the relationship we have had over the past three years is quite good,” McCain told The Wrap in an interview. “Quite good.”

THANK HEAVEN!

Resist We Much on September 13, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Foad Harry! If we had a R party with any courage they would use Harry’s own words against him. It would be a slam dunk. Too bad we essentially have what amounts to one party in this country.

neyney on September 13, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Isn’t this part of why Rome fell? Too many promises to the civil service? Private sector work is supposed to pay more than public sector work, but in most cases, it’s the other way around. Not to mention the revolving door of influence peddling.

Paul-Cincy on September 13, 2013 at 2:07 PM

I don’t want to hear “it can’t be done” from a bunch of Vichy Republicans who have exempted themselves from Obamacare. Just shut up, put on your big boy pants, and get it done.

Happy Nomad on September 13, 2013 at 2:09 PM

THANK HEAVEN!

Resist We Much on September 13, 2013 at 2:01 PM

He only said probably (because I doubt he’s got it in him to have another bruising campaign). If anything McCain knows how to do, it is to disappoint.

Happy Nomad on September 13, 2013 at 2:11 PM

The people can’t fleece themselves now can they??

Gatsu on September 13, 2013 at 1:53 PM

I’d sure like to be given the opportunity to try.

Happy Nomad on September 13, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Have we really reached the point where the LEGISLATURE is claiming “well, you know we don’t like this law, but we can’t do anything about it.”

boone on September 13, 2013 at 2:15 PM

THANK HEAVEN!

Resist We Much on September 13, 2013 at 2:01 PM

He only said probably (because I doubt he’s got it in him to have another bruising campaign). If anything McCain knows how to do, it is to disappoint.

Happy Nomad on September 13, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Sarah probably told him her support as a payback was a one-time deal, so he knows he won’t get her endorsement next go around.

txmomof6 on September 13, 2013 at 2:21 PM

He grew up doing the towels from a Nevada whorehouse, so I expect Syphilis has turned his brain into Swiss cheese by now.

slickwillie2001 on September 13, 2013 at 2:31 PM

FU…Pedophile Reid!

workingclass artist on September 13, 2013 at 2:32 PM

How about that – an Elitist Liberal Millionaire justifyig why Obama has the right to violate the Constitution to modify Obamacare on his own again and defending the decision to force tax payers who have lost both insurance and jobs because of Obamacare to pay for HIS Obamacare health care premiums!

Just when you think you have seen everything….just when you think you have seen politicians sink just about as low as they possibly can….along comes a POS like Harry Reid proving you wrong!

easyt65 on September 13, 2013 at 2:33 PM

I’d hate to see him kack of old age and constant incontinence before justice and a lengthy prison sentence can be served. Hang in there Harry. Don’t cheat the American people of that at least.

onomo on September 13, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Yeah, I would soooooo love to see him take the perp walk in hand’n'ankle shackles.

stukinIL4now on September 13, 2013 at 2:40 PM

That’s what the law says, and we’ll be part of that.

Except that’s not what the law says, is it?

Chris of Rights on September 13, 2013 at 2:42 PM

What a rotten POS this a-hole is.

BallisticBob on September 13, 2013 at 2:44 PM

What is to be expected from folks who live under calvinball rules? Hey, I don’t have to eat my own dog food.

bandarlog on September 13, 2013 at 2:45 PM

The day Harry Reid dies, the number of comments on conservative blogs will be reduced by at least one quarter. Looking forward to that day.

Deano1952 on September 13, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Ya mean ta tell me that the bigwig muckety-mucks don’t wanna have to stand in the soviet style bread lines with da rest of us, ta see da doctor…….who’d a thunk it.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on September 13, 2013 at 2:51 PM

What is to be expected from folks who live under calvinball rules? Hey, I don’t have to eat my own dog food.

Link fixed.

bandarlog on September 13, 2013 at 2:52 PM

“Let’s stop these really juvenile political games,” Reid said.

He said the exact same thing in 2011. The Left can never come up with anything new from year to year. If they got any traction with some saying, they drive that puppy into the ground until it’s like fingers down a chalkboard.

If you don’t want to be a part of ‘political games’, then why did you run for Senate? Really, that is what they do in Washington, and politics specifically.

I’ve got an idea, you leave congress so you don’t have to play anymore political games, and we will wish you well. How about that? I’ll even buy your ticket home.

Patriot Vet on September 13, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Why should they get a subsidy at all? Because of Ocare employers are dumping employees onto the exchanges so that they don’t have to provide insurance for them anymore, yet Congress & staff get their plans subsidized at taxpayer expense? Are you kidding me? We the people wish to “dump” them onto the exchanges and they can pay for them out of their pockets! This Congress should have to have the same plan as any person who was kicked off their employer provided plan if for no other reason than Obama said “if they like it, they could keep it!”

JAM on September 13, 2013 at 3:05 PM

“Let’s stop these really juvenile political games,” Reid said.

Because whining about funding cowboy poetry is so mature and financially prudent…

hillsoftx on September 13, 2013 at 3:08 PM

“Let’s stop these really juvenile political games,” Reid said.

Harry, would that be like quoting an “anonymous” source that called you and told you that Rommney wasn’t paying his taxes?

You old flagrant POS! If there was ever a reason to make Nevada the dumping ground for nuclear waste, you’re it Harry!

And your constituents deserve it for having inflicted you on the rest of the nation.

GarandFan on September 13, 2013 at 3:20 PM

REID=JAIL

TX-96 on September 13, 2013 at 3:44 PM

“That’s what the law says and we’ll be part of that.”
Like the kid who kills his parents and complains he is now an orphan.

BigAlSouth on September 13, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Hell awaits you Harry.

Schadenfreude on September 13, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Don’t forget that the subsidy is to prevent “brain drain”. Seems to me that if they all quit the average IQ in Washington would increase significantly.

But ignoring that, if allowed to stand, I guess they just handed out a pay increase without legal budget authority (since we haven’t had one for years). They can argue that is not the case but then I think the only fall-back is they granted a target tax break (Justice Roberts said this whole pile of whatever is a tax) and that would not be allowed either. No way out on this one. Cornered rats…

teejk on September 13, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Reid said the Republicans and critics are just using the issue as a “diversion” to “try and embarrass the president.”

Don’t worry, Harry, he’s doing a fine job of that without any help from us.

College Prof on September 13, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Reid said the Republicans and critics are just using the issue as a “diversion” to “try and embarrass the president.”

A question for the known pedophile Harry Reid.

If obamacare is the awesome…why would the dogeater be embarrassed of it?

HumpBot Salvation on September 13, 2013 at 4:56 PM

. I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.

-Thomas Jefferson

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.

-Thomas Jefferson

It’s been a nice run, and I know the demoKKKrats are trying to stir their constituents up to violence, but really, all they’re doing is awakening the sleeping giant and filling him with a terrible resolve.

It can’t happen to a nicer group of scumbags.

arik1969 on September 13, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Nevada, why oh why do you keep voting this schmuck back into office???

sage0925 on September 13, 2013 at 7:38 PM