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Obama Making his Own Laws – Again

by Keith Koffler on August 5, 2013, 9:24 am

By what authority did President Obama decide to exempt members of Congress and their staffs from a provision of Obamacare that would deny them their federal subsidy and and make them buy insurance on the exchanges like everyone else?

Obama, as has been widely reported, promised Congress the other day that he would personally see to it that the federal benefit, which pays 75 percent of premiums, would be preserved even after Congress is forced onto the exchanges.

Lawmakers were complaining of a potential “brain drain” as high quality staffers left Capitol Hill instead of ponying up thousands more for health insurance.

Let’s be clear. Other brains would certainly have replaced the parting brains on Capitol Hill. It’s a cool job – makin’ laws for the rest of us – that others would have done before cashing in their padded resumes and scoring tons of dough in the private sector. The problem wasn’t a brain drain. The problem was a money drain.

And so, lo and behold, the administration’s Office of Personnel Management has dutifully determined that Congress will keep its taxpayer-funded health care gift.

According to the Wall Street Journal, OPM has no authority to pay for plans on the exchanges, which are not part of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

This latest White House night at the improv is also illegal. OPM has no authority to pay for insurance plans that lack FEHBP contracts, nor does the Affordable Care Act permit either exchange contributions or a unilateral bump in congressional pay in return for less overall compensation. Those things require appropriations bills passed by Congress and signed by the President.

The White House, the WSJ notes, was eager to issue a decree instead of pursuing a legislative fix that would have uncomfortably opened up the Obamacare can of worms and invited Republican mischief.

So, as it has so often done when the law is inconvenient, the Obama administration has decided the laws are for stupid people.

Your government has unlawfully decided to take action to financially benefit the ruling class, those who WHO ACTUALLY WRITE THE LAWS. Democrats took the lead on this, but Republicans are complicit too.

Be afraid.

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DeniseVB August 5, 2013 at 9:28 am

Be afraid is right. I’m afraid I’ll be supporting the Whacko Bird Party in 2014 and 2016. Paul, Cruz, Palin, Mace et al ….. bring it, you’ve been right all along !

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srdem65 August 5, 2013 at 10:29 am

I confess; I have no idea how this massive insurance plan is supposed to work for anyone, don’t know how or even what an “exchange” might mean, nor do I have any idea how certain groups can get a cut-out from any law passed in Washington.
When a someone, we know not who, can decide NOT to enforce the cornerstone of the Act (the employer’s mandate), but allows the enforcement of the mandate on individuals, then the whole law should be declared dead-in-the-water and sunk to provide a basis of a new coral reef to give it some scintilla of a positive.

So here we have the President, once so proud of his “legacy” legislation, passing out a cut-out to his minions who don’t like being treated like the little people.
MrObama knows, Congress knows, we all know that the “little people” don’t like this Act either, but sheer stubborness or false pride keeps those who could make this right from doing what needs to be done; repeal the Act and start over.

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ol gator August 5, 2013 at 11:02 am

Amen srdem! Its seems like ALL these congress critters are spineless, We Americans used to be so proud of our exceptional country.. a bright beacon, a shining example of integrity.Those days are long gone into a deeper, more corrupt & sinister Govt. which is bent on controlling of our lives & $$.
A wicked society will elect wicked politicians who will enact wicked laws by which a wicked Govt. will enforce.

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cincycinco August 5, 2013 at 11:54 am

‘I confess; I have no idea how this massive insurance plan is supposed to work for anyone,..” – srdem65

It’s NOT supposed to work. It’s supposed to be a complete disaster, giving Obama an opportunity to 1) blame Republicans for something else that the no-info voters will blindly believe, and 2) give Obama an excuse to nationalize the entire health care industry by saying that “market based’ plans failed due to corporate greed and politics.

By THOSE standards, it’s working like a treat…

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Shofar August 5, 2013 at 10:52 am

To all the chicken littles out there who think the sky is falling due to this President, I say that you all need to calm down. The man has channeled the spirit and thoughts of a half dozen or more of his predecessors, frequently quoting them in his speeches. He understands the intricacies of running a diverse and complex organization, having come from a community organizing background. His work with the poor is more or less documented, and his work and understanding of how the rich think and operate is well recorded.

He has taken the unwashed masses and given them hope and spare change to cling bitterly too. He has brought to the White House an “A” List of people, allowing those that mold and shape the thoughts of America via their music and films the chance to see the inner workings of government. This, the most open and honest presidency in the history of this decade, has attempted to reach across the aisle to the GOP, with a hand gloved in iron, in an effort to bring about partisan agreement on matters most pressing to themselves.

This fiat exemption to the increases in costs that Obamacare will bring to those that write the laws most of us must obey is nothing more than an effort to help the hard working peoples of the Legislative Branch. To allow them to have to suffer the loss of income because of something they did is tantamount to punishment for those that simply have our best interests at heart.

This President has channeled the thoughts and spirit of JFK, and believes and lives a modification of what that scion of the Democratic Party once said, “Ask not what you can do for your country, but ask what your country can do for you!”

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Star August 5, 2013 at 10:55 am

Good one, Shofar–are you doing all right? Sure, let’s be honest–we are two Americas as the good-hair guy once said–those who are friends of this admin–and the rest. Why pretend otherwise…

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Shofar August 5, 2013 at 1:08 pm

I’m hanging in there Star.

Thanks for asking.

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Julie Brueckheimer August 5, 2013 at 11:11 am

Bravo!

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Shoemama August 5, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Shofar, Under what leaf have you been hiding for the last 5 years? Obama is TRYING to destroy this nation and all we have stood for. Open your eyes!
I know that the main stream media has been covering for His “lordship”, That has been obvious, but his efforts to subvert laws he doesn’t like, should be clear to everyone. The economic recovery is anemic at best and we’re the laughingstock of the world!

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Belle August 6, 2013 at 12:00 pm

I hope you had your tongue firmly in your cheek when you wrote that. Otherwise, I hear Jerry Springer has an opening for a loonie to appear on his show.

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alanstorm August 6, 2013 at 3:25 pm

You really need to add the /sarc tag.

Since the written word lacks tone and body language, sometimes it’s hard to properly interpret them, especially since what you wrote sound like some of the Obamabots own words!

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Redwine August 8, 2013 at 2:29 am

A very fine example of subtle snark. On the mark.
Thank you, sir.

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Darkangel August 5, 2013 at 11:00 am

Hmm…guess we’re an oligarchy now?

Ah, freedom…it was nice while it lasted, wasn’t it?

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gracepmc August 5, 2013 at 11:34 am

Apologies to Keith for adding a link but Henninger reinforces Keith’s post. Laws are increasingly irrelevant and the system of checks and balances is disintegrating rapidly. Obama has his apparatchiki in place to slap authoritarian rule throughout the country.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324136204578639953580480838.html

Since there is no sympathy for impeachment, and no sympathy for defunding Obamacare and shutting down this out of control government I don’t see any way that this is reversed. No one in “power” seems to be willing to unite and fight for the country as we knew it.

And our current response to this terrorist “threat” pretty much shows our external enemies that we are willing to fight them either.

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gracepmc August 5, 2013 at 11:36 am

willing/unwilling. Ooops.

And our current response to this terrorist “threat” pretty much shows our external enemies that we are UNWILLING to fight them either.

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Darkangel August 5, 2013 at 11:49 am

Let them try! Sooner or later, there are going to be a lot of ordinary Americans who will be mad as hell, and who will have nothing left to lose. Once that happens, well…hey, at least I’ll have a front row seat.

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Susan August 5, 2013 at 11:44 am

This carve out for congressional bureaucrats is proof positive that the current two party political system is nothing but a ruse to fool the little people. If there is anything positive coming from all the destruction being wrought by these masterminds, it is that they have exposed themselves for what they are – the power hungry ruling class our founders warned us about. The phony Democrats and Republicans can no longer pretend to be political opponents fighting for their constituents principles and values, because the ruling class doesn’t possess them. As Angelo Codevilla so astutely described in his 2010 article on America’s ruling class, there is no Republican versus Democrat or left versus right, only the ruling class versus the country class.

I’m placing my bet on Denise’s Whacko Bird Party. Not as a third party, but as a revitalized Republican party as Reagan envisioned. That is the only way we’re going to break up the monopoly these statists have had on Washington politics and lawmaking for the last hundred years.

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srdem65 August 5, 2013 at 12:30 pm

I really, really don’t want what you’ve outlined to be true, but facts and actions don’t lie.

The only thing that seems to be keeping a tiny bit of political opposition moving forward is that MrObama didn’t want to or didn’t know how to bring the Repubs into his inner circle. Had he reached out to them at the beginning of his first term, or made them believe they were important parts of the process, we would have been sunk for sure.

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Michael Fernandez August 5, 2013 at 1:55 pm

You hit the nail right on the head, I’m afraid.

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gracepmc August 5, 2013 at 11:59 am

The only thing holding this country together is Bernanke’s shameful printing of money on demand.

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JP August 5, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Grace, you are partially right. He isn’t printing money (QE3, etc.), he’s just buying back all of the paper that’s out there.

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David Krueger August 5, 2013 at 12:46 pm

If what the President and Congress are doing with ObamaCare is illegal then the FBI should investigate it and do something about it.

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Star August 5, 2013 at 12:59 pm

FBI? Pardon me–Justice Dept–isn’t the head there a Friend of Barack’s?

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Smith August 5, 2013 at 1:22 pm

I wrote, FWIW, to my Congresscritter and asked if we all get this deal, and if not, why not.

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Michael Fernandez August 5, 2013 at 1:54 pm

This POS in the W.H. is not alone. Every one of the 535 members of Congress who go along with this, i.e., don’t stop it, are equally POS’s

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Michael Fernandez August 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm

So much for the “law” about Congress having to live by the same laws as the rest of us. They justify this as “But we are living under the obammacare law,” while giving themselves a subsidy that the rest of us don’t get.

Scum, all of them that let this pass.

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Ed Mack August 5, 2013 at 3:09 pm

everything is costing taxpayers money. His plan is to bankrupt the US. Everything he does is costing us jobs. This is why he has no plan on anything he talks about in his speeches. Talk , do nothing. He knows by being elected twice the US has many, many ignorant people who will believe in him no matter what. Think about it just for a moment. In 2008 he said we have the greatest nation the world has ever known! He was going to change that. HE HAS! We financially are, our military is smaller, he is NOT governing by any sort of leadership. He IS a racist, the world now knows what he says is not to be believed Russas’ Putin knows he just lies, has no guts, no backbone. Muslems know he is weak, means nothing he says.
SO you weak kneed supporters of this idiot, where does this leave us? I guess Obamacare will do nothing but cost us money, PERIOD!!!

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Mandy Manners August 5, 2013 at 3:47 pm

I don’t think that this is the first time Congress has exempted itself from the law.

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john ungham August 5, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Where in the world is the outrage. The members of Congress should decline this offer….they won’t. But more so, how can Obama make this exception and for what end…as if we don’t know. Will this extravigant gift win him some favor by a few of our elected representatives; absolutely it will. What a guy! And all with absolute total disregard for the citizens of this country. We are not being treated so kind; it will cost all of us dearly. This Obamacare should be repealed immeadiately before it’s too late. Has everyone absolutely given up because they feel it won’t do any good to complain. I hope not. But when I made my calls earlier today, I never had one busy signal; got through everytime the first try. Again, where in hell is the outrage of the American people?

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Will August 5, 2013 at 4:32 pm

It still amazes me beyond belief that so much money could be spent and wasted on something so heinous, and so against the founding principles of this country, and we have allowed these people to stay in office… that’s right, they were all getting paid to come up with this bullshit…

Eric Holder may had it right, as he said that we are all cowards…

I believe that they are pushing us to a point, and they are well aware and are preparing for that point… It’s time for all of us to come to terms with what we believe, and what we are willing to do to protect that belief…

If you think that it’s going to be easy, perhaps you should be the first to go… It’s going to be hard, painful, and sacrificial… However, that is exactly what our founding fathers went through to protect a future Democratic Republic…

what is threatening our democratic republic is the same people who are founding fathers brought against… They are the people who benefit from labor in other places in the world, and have no need for the people of this country… They make their money not by the sweat of their own brow, but by the sweat of others… And, they need to go…

And you can start with Jeffrey Imelt, who while CEO of General Electric, sets in the White House as an advisor… And about a dozen Muslim radicals who also sit in the White House… you know who they are, and it’s time to start talking about them…

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Mandy Manners August 5, 2013 at 5:04 pm

“And about a dozen Muslim radicals who also sit in the White House… you know who they are, and it’s time to start talking about them…”

Names?

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Jerry McIntyre August 5, 2013 at 7:06 pm

That is why I have been calling obeyme, King Hussein for months. He is no President but he thinks of himself as King Hussein.

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J R Self August 6, 2013 at 8:47 am

This president is a lying, cheating joke. Only the idiots that voted for him should be subject to his private law-making.

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alanstorm August 6, 2013 at 3:20 pm

A “brain drain” on Capitol Hill?

Assumes facts not in evidence…

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Voice In the Wilderness August 6, 2013 at 3:27 pm

I thought everyone figured out his tactics by now: Tell them what they want to hear to get himself where he wants to be; then screw them as he goes.

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Arizona August 6, 2013 at 9:25 pm

HAHAHA,you guys are a little to late to be worring about what the anti-christ OBAMA is doing,IF you were able to read you would already know who he is,DANIEL8:11/8:12 warn about him and you didn’t read it….I won many cases of beer on the relection,cause it said THE ELECTIONS WOULD BE RIGGED,and they were,now america really has a problem,THE BIBLE says HIS PRIVATE ARMY will destroy america when they discover hes a foreign agent from russia and they try to throw the criminal bastard out,THE BOGGYMAN of history,get ready america YOUR ABOUT TO BE IN A WAR,right here in the streets of america………..get ready your out of time……………..

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JB Jones August 6, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Just an observation from an old, broke, homeless guy…There are an awful lot of folks fed up with the machinations of this man who is systematically destroying a republic, intentionally or otherwise. His ability to do so is condoned by EVERY person in the country because he understands something we don’t…you can buy folks or marginalize them. That happens by providing cradle-to-grave freebies to buy low-/no-info voters and manipulating the opposition with a never-ending series of divisive/scandalous issues designed to keep folks from organizing. The net result is anger at the top tier of gov’t which we have no hope of overpowering; they are united and entrenched. And he knows it..

Sun Tzu said it hundreds of years ago…”Attack where the enemy is weak and where he is strong, withdraw.” Do the unexpected and begin with local government. Vote. At the end of the day, all politics is local. Take out the city leaders who support big gov’t. Get rid of School Board members that feed our kids false education. Organize at the grass-roots level and begin to send the message that we won’t/can’t tolerate any more abuse. Take your money off the table, don’t buy the stocks of corporations that take advantage of us, don’t bank with the big money launderers (credit unions are more responsive to members). Support like-minded organizations-or create your own. Start small and think. There are a lot of folks to fight, but no American Patriot ever shrunk from that before. Win where you’re able–sort of guerilla political warfare, I guess.
Some guy in a movie said it once, “…I’m mad as hell and I’m not gonna take it, anymore…” Get mad, get moving.

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Keith Koffler August 7, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Interesting points, JB, thanks.

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freedomfighterX August 8, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Wake Up America before it’s to late. Socialism leads to Communism. Obamacare is about control. Share this documentary now: Grinding Down America: http://vimeo.com/63749370 with your Friends & Family. Vote the Democratic Socialist Party out of office 2014. See what Barak & his communist party have planned for your family & America. You’ll be shocked & appalled.

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Debbie August 11, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Oh, a “brain drain” in Congress would be dreadful situation would it not?

The current salary (2013) for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year. How that is not enough to pay a higher proportion of even a Cadillac health insurance premium I don’t know. That’s a bit of brain drain right there. So, we have nothing to lose. Let ‘em get the heck out now and save the country.

For my employer-provided coverage, I’m paying at least twice what I was paying before Obamacare came onto the scene, even with a high deductible, which I didn’t have to resort to before. The doctors’ rates for an office visit, which is “covered,” are so high now that the amount “approved” by BC/BS is so low in comparison that out of pocket cost to me is over $100 while BC/BS is paying $60, which is the bottom end for an office visit charge. The average cost is about $160. My doctor charged $180.

When it comes to solving health care system ills, Obamacare is a no show. The whole thing is a sham and a travesty. The POTUS, all the Congress and the rest of the government employees that we, the taxpaying 53%, provide salaries and benefits to should have to enjoy the wonderful benefits of Obamacare like the rest of us. I’m about tired of Obama passing out favors with my money. His offer, and acceptance of it by the same people who voted to foist the atrocious law and the end of health care privacy on us, will smack of bribery.

Bribery (definition) – is an attempt to influence another person’s actions, usually a government or public official employee, by offering a benefit in exchange for the desired decision. Bribes are often gifts or money for favorable treatment.

Obama’s just trying to quell the push to defund the law. They’re all a bunch of scoundrels.

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Debbie August 11, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Oh, a “brain drain” in Congress would be dreadful situation would it not?
The current salary (2013) for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year. How that is not enough to pay a higher proportion of even a Cadillac health insurance premium I don’t know. That’s a bit of brain drain right there. So, we have nothing to lose. Let ‘em get the heck out now and save the country.
For my employer-provided coverage, I’m paying at least twice what I was paying before Obamacare came onto the scene, even with a high deductible, which I didn’t have to resort to before. The doctors’ rates for an office visit, which is “covered,” are so high now that the amount “approved” by BC/BS is so low in comparison that out of pocket cost to me is over $100 while BC/BS is paying $60. Average office visit charge is nearly $160. My doctor charged $180!
When it comes to solving health care system ills, Obamacare is a no show. The whole thing is a sham and a travesty. The POTUS, all the Congress and the rest of the government employees that we, the taxpaying 53%, provide salaries and benefits to should have to suffer the wonderful benefits of Obamacare like the rest of us.
I’m about tired of Obama granting favors with my money. His offer smacks of bribery — a not-so-veiled attempt to quell the push to defund the law. We’re overrun with scoundrels!

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