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Like Zoinks Pelosi!

In Social Issues on April 12, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Not only did the health care bill confuse us average Americans, but the lawmakers themselves, like an impulsive teen buying their first car, did not take the time to read the fine print.  In an ironic turn of events, the new law may have pushed these “highly informed” lawmakers out into the cold cruel world of health insurance accidentally and/or prematurely.  Imagine that.  They have to live like the rest of us for awhile and they did not even KNOW IT.

As it stands, an amendment according to the N.Y. Times clearly states that members of congress could be forced out of the Federal Health Benefit and into a state run exchange.  The problem is they never declared what date the federal benefit would end. Anyone familiar with legislation on the Hill knows, Acts signed into law are effective the day it is signed unless stated otherwise.  Obama put ink to that paper 3 weeks ago.  I remember it CLEARLY.

And what about the new exchanges they need to go to? The effective year is 2014.  On top of that according to the Times, the law states that someone in authority can authorize expiration of Federal Benefits BEFORE the exchanges start.  WOW.

My favorite quote, though, is this in the New York Times

“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?”

Opinion “C” is:  uuummm NO!  And NOW I have to believe that Pelosi, Reid and Obama absolutely wish they had taken our advice and actually read the bill.    Like zoinks Pelosi! Can we repeal it NOW!?!

Bottom line, these games politicians play actually can come back to bite them in ways they never dreamed.  I hope this is a lesson to all future politicians and something is done to create better more understandable and transparent legislation that ALL of us can understand ESPECIALLY THE LAW MAKERS!


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