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Bill Bennett: 'Hypocrisy' to Exempt Congress From Obamacare
Newsmax.com ^ | Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 | By Dan Weil

Posted on 09/25/2013 7:10:28 AM PDT by 11th_VA

The Obama administration's decision to exempt members of Congress and their staffs from participating in Obamacare is fundamentally unfair, says former Education Secretary William Bennett.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsmax.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: animalfarm; badpolicy; congress; corruption; democrats; govtabuse; liberalhypocrisy; obamacare; rulingelite
Folks, this issue is resonating with the public like you wouldn't believe. Scanning the talk shows this morning, the Democrats are on full alert trying to say this is like employers subsidizing employees.

On yahoo, posters to blogs are getting unbelievable positive responses to this. Please keep up the pressure to make Government come under this law, it is a winning emotional issue cementing the Republican point of view.

1 posted on 09/25/2013 7:10:28 AM PDT by 11th_VA
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To: 11th_VA

Which GOP senators were opposing their staffers from being exempted?


2 posted on 09/25/2013 7:12:31 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: 11th_VA
like employers subsidizing employees

Makes sense in a way. The Statists think everyone is working for government anyway.

3 posted on 09/25/2013 7:15:10 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: 11th_VA

Newsflash!

Bill Bennett catches the bus weeks late. Enjoys his nap in the mean time.

How about calling out the entir totalitarian evil for what it is, Bill?


4 posted on 09/25/2013 7:15:41 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Ted Cruz for President!)
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To: TurboZamboni

The GOP senators oppose Obamacare, so why would they endorse implementation?


5 posted on 09/25/2013 7:16:51 AM PDT by usual suspect
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To: 11th_VA

Hypocrisy. It’s what Democrats do.


6 posted on 09/25/2013 7:19:28 AM PDT by Hoodat (BENGHAZI - 4 KILLED, 2 MIA)
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To: usual suspect

‘all equal under the law’.


7 posted on 09/25/2013 7:20:39 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: 11th_VA

Hardly the first time that major group of losers have exempted themselves from what they foist on us.


8 posted on 09/25/2013 7:22:47 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: TurboZamboni

Agreed, but not one single GOP senator or congressman voted for obamacare, the Democrats own it and are hypocritical about implementing for themselves and staff what they voted for. Do you get it?


9 posted on 09/25/2013 7:24:01 AM PDT by usual suspect
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To: 11th_VA

Well, hypocrisy IS the hallmark of the left, isn’t it?


10 posted on 09/25/2013 7:24:59 AM PDT by MichaelCorleone (Jesus Christ is not a religion. He's the Truth.)
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To: usual suspect

Because they don’t oppose it they only SAY they oppose it


11 posted on 09/25/2013 7:25:17 AM PDT by stanne
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To: 11th_VA
My Calif. DEM congress rep sent me this email:

"There has been a significant amount of inaccurate reporting on this issue. Like all Americans, everyone who works for the U.S. Congress, Members and staff alike, are subject to the requirements and benefits of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; it is the law of the land. The ACA requires that Members of Congress transition from the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program to the health insurance exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act beginning January 1, 2014. There have been no attempts to exempt Congress from this requirement. The federal government will continue to pay for employee's insurance premiums under the new health insurance exchanges, as do large employers across the country who offer health insurance to their employees."

Is this a bald faced damn lie? Obfuscation?

12 posted on 09/25/2013 7:25:46 AM PDT by GunsAndBibles (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing)
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To: 11th_VA

Not only is it unfair. It is also unconstitutional and illegal for the executive branch to change laws after they have been passed. These ‘exemptions’ are imperialism and are grounds for impeachment and prosecution.


13 posted on 09/25/2013 7:25:58 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (http://jonah2eight.blogspot.com/)
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To: 11th_VA
I've come to realize that a lot of people are under the impression that senate staffers are fresh faced kids just out of college but the reality is far different and people need to recognize it.

Just take a look at who some of these "staffers" are. These people are nothing more than in house lobbyists and should not be ignored.

Open Secrets revolving door staffers.
14 posted on 09/25/2013 7:26:31 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: usual suspect

“The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly.”-Abraham Lincoln

yeah, I get it.


15 posted on 09/25/2013 7:27:15 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: 11th_VA

I think this is not really exactly about stopping Obamacare. It is about Awakening a Sleeping Giant. People are fed up about Obamacare, yes, but they are fed up with the entire ObamaCrap that Pelosi, Reid, et al. are trying to foist on We the People.

This filibuster is a line in the sand. “We have had enough!” I think it is the beginning of the end for any of Obama’s agenda, for the Dems up for re-election in 2014, and frankly for the get-along Cozy Republicans in DC.

We have had enough!


16 posted on 09/25/2013 7:28:03 AM PDT by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: Uncle Miltie
How about calling out the entire totalitarian evil for what it is, Bill?

I regret to say I listen to Bill's show on my drive to work. His shelf life expired about 15 years ago.

It's either that or sports talk @ 6 AM.

I need to find my "Million Dollar Quartet" CD. Hearing Carl Perkins' "Matchbox" is a great way to start the day.

17 posted on 09/25/2013 7:29:41 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (The Tea Party was the earthquake, and Chick Fil A the tsunami...100's of aftershocks to come.)
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To: bboop

Excellent point - exempting congress has woken the sleeping giant ...


18 posted on 09/25/2013 7:30:35 AM PDT by 11th_VA (I want a president who won't enforce tax laws ...)
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To: GunsAndBibles

The fact he/she had to send out an email, suggests they are getting heat.


19 posted on 09/25/2013 7:32:33 AM PDT by 11th_VA (I want a president who won't enforce tax laws ...)
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To: 11th_VA
Cruz said the staffers, some from Democrats, were quiting because of Obamacare...part of the reason for their exemption
20 posted on 09/25/2013 7:34:09 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: 11th_VA
Sleepy giant don't like wakey wakey. Sleepy giant want cheeseburger. What on tha tee-vee? Oh, Miley Cyrus do nudey! Me watch. Where sleepy giant guv'mint moola? Oh - now sleepy giant tired from thinking. Sleepy giant take nap.
21 posted on 09/25/2013 7:34:51 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (http://jonah2eight.blogspot.com/)
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To: 11th_VA

Perspective
ObamaCare Making Doctor Shortage Crisis Even Worse

By SALLY C. PIPES
Posted 09/24/2013 06:40 PM ET

America’s doctor shortage is quickly becoming a crisis. No less than 14 states have introduced legislation or created new programs to deal with the problem.

The Association of American Medical Colleges reports that the country is currently short 20,000 doctors. Over the next decade, that number could quintuple.

And ObamaCare is only making things worse. Physicians are responding to the health reform law’s intrusive regulations and insufficient payments by treating fewer patients — or even abandoning the medical profession altogether.

One cornerstone of ObamaCare is its expansion of Medicaid, the jointly run federal-state health insurance program for the poor.

Starting in 2014, the program will cover all Americans with incomes up to 133% of the federal poverty level. The federal government will absorb 100% of the cost of this expansion through 2016, and then a declining share in subsequent years, until the feds’ responsibility rests at 90% in 2020. By then, some 12 million people will have gained coverage anew through Medicaid.

But the program is already dysfunctional. Reimbursement rates are so low — about 60% of the rate paid by private insurers — that doctors routinely refuse to see Medicaid patients. A recent study published in Health Affairs found that 33% of doctors did not accept new Medicaid patients in 2010 and 2011.

By throwing millions more people into the program without raising Medicaid payment rates, ObamaCare will make it even harder for patients covered by the program to secure care.

The story is much the same for the government’s other big health program — Medicare. More than 9,500 doctors opted out of treating Medicare patients in 2012. That’s almost triple the number that abandoned Medicare in 2009.

According to American Medical Association President Dr. Ardis Hoven, “While Medicare physician payment rates have remained flat since 2001, practice costs have increased by more than 20% due to inflation, leaving physicians with a huge gap between what Medicare pays and what it costs to care for seniors.”

Unsurprisingly, ObamaCare will exacerbate the problem. The law creates a new government entity — the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) — charged with ensuring that Medicare hits designated spending targets...

http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-perspective/092413-672319-obamacare-medicaid-expansion-worsens-doctor-shortage.htm


22 posted on 09/25/2013 7:38:06 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: bboop
It is about Awakening a Sleeping Giant.

Washington tried to rush into a war that we the people didn't want and found the boot of the people on their necks. They can't afford to have that happen too often or the people will recognize that we are the bosses of our government.

Once the people have seized control of government there's no telling where we will stop. We might defund the EPA, close the dept of education as a federal agency and actually cut spending back to constitutionally mandated levels.
23 posted on 09/25/2013 7:38:32 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: 11th_VA

Good, now let’s ask George Hamilton what to think of the Sunshine Laws.


24 posted on 09/25/2013 7:38:47 AM PDT by HomeAtLast ( Get involved. Because you ARE involved.)
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To: GunsAndBibles

Translation: Our staffers will continue to receive the same excellent health care coverage at the cost of the taxpayers. So the premiums go up? So what.


25 posted on 09/25/2013 7:44:05 AM PDT by petitfour
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To: petitfour

They should be less worried about their staffers opinions of them than Americas as a whole.

Reminds me of cops giving cops an escort home instead of a DUI- a ‘professional courtesy’.

This is why we’ll never have a flat tax- everyone will get ‘their people’ an exemption,deduction waiver or exclusion. And people wonder why the ruling class (Congress) have around an 8% approval rating.


26 posted on 09/25/2013 7:46:05 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: AD from SpringBay

The way I understand it is Congress is to get a little extra money to subsidize their required participation in Obamacare,,to offset the expense. ...Grassley’s ammendment was just a mention embedded in Obamacare saying that Congress would not be exempt from Obamacare basically,,and that made some Congress critters like Reid and Boxer VERY nervous. Vitter wanted to strip Congress of the extra subsidy so Box and Reid started trying to silence Vitter by dredging up an old prostitution scandal. It just made Vitter angrier. Reid and Boxer were still so nervous about the subsidies getting pulled that they had Obama fix it. According to John Fund at NRO, in an article dated Sept 16 this year, Congress used the aides as the shield saying

“Under behind-the-scenes pressure from members of Congress in both parties, President Obama used the quiet of the August recess to personally order the Office of Personnel Management, which supervises federal employment issues, to interpret the law so as to retain the generous congressional benefits.

OPM had previously balked at issuing such a ruling. Even without OPM, Congress could have voted to restore the subsidies or ordered a salary raise to compensate for the loss of benefits, but that would have been a messy, public process, which everyone wanted to avoid.”

Basically, Congress could have voted itself a raise to offset the costs personally,,but they new that would NOT fly with the public,,,so they quietly lobbied Obama to keep the subsidies in place.

So techinically, they are required to participate,,but they have made sure that expense is covered without any pain from their pockets.

Now they are trying to clarify the dirty deed they did in secret......and it’s a bit difficult for them,,,,

I love it!


27 posted on 09/25/2013 7:47:05 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: AD from SpringBay

The way I understand it is Congress is to get a little extra money to subsidize their required participation in Obamacare,,to offset the expense. ...Grassley’s ammendment was just a mention embedded in Obamacare saying that Congress would not be exempt from Obamacare basically,,and that made some Congress critters like Reid and Boxer VERY nervous. Vitter wanted to strip Congress of the extra subsidy so Box and Reid started trying to silence Vitter by dredging up an old prostitution scandal. It just made Vitter angrier. Reid and Boxer were still so nervous about the subsidies getting pulled that they had Obama fix it. According to John Fund at NRO, in an article dated Sept 16 this year, Congress used the aides as the shield saying

“Under behind-the-scenes pressure from members of Congress in both parties, President Obama used the quiet of the August recess to personally order the Office of Personnel Management, which supervises federal employment issues, to interpret the law so as to retain the generous congressional benefits.

OPM had previously balked at issuing such a ruling. Even without OPM, Congress could have voted to restore the subsidies or ordered a salary raise to compensate for the loss of benefits, but that would have been a messy, public process, which everyone wanted to avoid.”

Basically, Congress could have voted itself a raise to offset the costs personally,,but they new that would NOT fly with the public,,,so they quietly lobbied Obama to keep the subsidies in place.

So techinically, they are required to participate,,but they have made sure that expense is covered without any pain from their pockets.

Now they are trying to clarify the dirty deed they did in secret......and it’s a bit difficult for them,,,,

I love it!


28 posted on 09/25/2013 7:47:05 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: cripplecreek

Hear, hear! Cripplecreek nails it.


29 posted on 09/25/2013 8:11:41 AM PDT by bboop (does not suffer fools gladly)
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To: TurboZamboni

Where Have You Been,Bill???????????????????????????????


30 posted on 09/25/2013 8:19:21 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: TurboZamboni

Who is The Republican SenatorGeorgia)Who Was Bitching And Moaning That While He Only Makes $172,000 per-year,His Staffers(Half His Age)Will Soon Be Over On”K”Street(Lobbyists)Pulling Down $500,000 Per-year?He Should Get a”Special Award”For “Telling The Truth While In Office”!!!!


31 posted on 09/25/2013 8:22:42 AM PDT by bandleader
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To: bandleader

He’s campaigning AGAINST the political class being exempted from Bammycare.
He’s not complaining about his salary (as Politiho would like you to believe)


32 posted on 09/25/2013 8:56:37 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: 11th_VA

Fat chance of it happening:o(


33 posted on 09/25/2013 3:15:08 PM PDT by mtnwmn (Liberalism leads to Socialism)
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To: Uncle Miltie
Bill Bennett catches the bus weeks late.

No kidding. A little lunch, a little nap, a little snack, a few minutes' reading, a little nosh, a few calls from K Street, a little popcorn and a glass of wine while looking over this ghost-written speech, stretch out on the couch for a little CNN, a dish of jelly beans (he knew Reagan!) on the coffee table, an unplanned two-hour nap, let's wash up and go gamble till 10 p.m., okay so it's 11, order up some prime rib honey, and a rack of lamb to split between us, couple of pie and ice creams, three B&B's on the rocks, aw one more---no make it two---chocolate mousses to tamp it down, what's that you say honey about Congress and their staffs and Obamacarezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.....

34 posted on 09/25/2013 3:26:45 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: Fightin Whitey

That right there is funny, and exactly how I imagine it.


35 posted on 09/25/2013 3:30:50 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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