The Savannah Morning News on Capitol Hill:
Some members of Congress who made Obamacare the law of the land want to weasel out on the deal when it comes to themselves and members of their own staff.
That’s right. They say it’s unworkable. Too costly. It could prompt valuable employees to look elsewhere for jobs.
Sound familiar? It should. That’s what many critics in the private sector have been saying.
And here’s what the private sector should tell members of Congress: If you’re going to make the rules, you should play by them, too.
It’s appalling, but not altogether shocking, that some lawmakers want to exempt themselves and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Obama’s health care reform package. They know a bad thing when they see it, too.
Politico reported this week that both Democratic and Republican leaders are engaged in high-level, confidential talks to quietly exempt 535 lawmakers and thousands of aides from the Affordable Care Act. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, are staying mum; they know this is a bombshell that could shatter the political landscape.
The hugely criticized and generally unpopular law was forced through Congress thanks to brute political force. ...
Several proposals have been submitted to the Office of Personnel Management, which administers benefits. One proposal exempts lawmakers and aides; the other exempts aides alone. Both should be rejected.
Members of Congress are paid $174,000 annually. Yet Politico writes that lawmakers “with long careers in public service and smaller bank accounts are concerned about the hit to their own wallets.” If they want sympathy from those earning far less, they’re not going to find it.
The solution isn’t exempting Congress from Obamacare. It’s scrapping it and starting over. Until then, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander — and for the flock of dodos who made it the law.