From the Bible of liberalism, the New York Times, comes this little tidbit:
It is often said that the new health care law will affect almost every American in some way. And, perhaps fittingly if unintentionally, no one may be more affected than members of Congress themselves.
In a new report, the Congressional Research Service says the law may have significant unintended consequences for the “personal health insurance coverage” of senators, representatives and their staff members.
For example, it says, the law may “remove members of Congress and Congressional staff” from their current coverage, in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, before any alternatives are available.
The confusion raises the inevitable question: If they did not know exactly what they were doing to themselves, did lawmakers who wrote and passed the bill fully grasp the details of how it would influence the lives of other Americans?
The law promises that people can keep coverage they like, largely unchanged. For members of Congress and their aides, the federal employees health program offers much to like. But, the report says, the men and women who wrote the law may find that the guarantee of stability does not apply to them.
“It is unclear whether members of Congress and Congressional staff who are currently participating in F.E.H.B.P. may be able to retain this coverage,” the research service said in an 8,100-word memorandum.
And even if current members of Congress can stay in the popular program for federal employees, that option will probably not be available to newly elected lawmakers, the report says.
Moreover, it says, the strictures of the new law will apply to staff members who work in the personal office of a member of Congress. But they may or may not apply to people who work on the staff of Congressional committees and in “leadership offices” like those of the House speaker and the Democratic and Republican leaders and whips in the two chambers.
If even the New York Times, which has seldom met a conservative idea it liked, is moved to criticize this bill–even the mild criticism above–it must really be an abomination.
Republicans better get on the repeal wagon, or they might find themselves out of work.
The next time some lefty tells you we need to move away from acrimony, ask them to condemn Joe Coppola and the Bergen County (NJ) Education Association for this memo:
The Bergen County Education Association sent out the combative memo to supporters this week. It closes with a mock prayer that reads:
“Dear Lord … this year you have taken away my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite singer, Michael Jackson, and my favorite salesman Billy Mays…. I just wanted to let you know that Chris Christie is my favorite governor.”
Christie reponded to the fake prayer at a news conference in New Brunswick Friday.
“To have the leader of the union send out an email to 17,000 members to tell them to pray for my death just goes beyond the pale,” Christie said.
When the death wish joke became public, the union backpeddled.
“Obviously, it’s inappropriate. I would never wish anybody dead,” said Joe Coppola, who is President of the BCEA. Coppola signed the firey memo which also encourages union members to “get some dirt” and “go public” with attacks on Christie and the state’s Education Commissioner, Bret Schundler.
Any lefties here wanna try to defend this?
Union leaders emphasized that the fake prayer was a joke and was never intended to be made public. Christie wasn’t convinced.
“So private prayer for my death would have been okay, but public prayer for my death would have been wrong,” he quipped.
Come on, lefties… explain this away.
Hat Tip: Weekly Standard