President Obama was telling the truth, if you like your health insurance you can keep it (as long as you work for the Senate Majority leader).
According to CNN Harry Reid, who helped craft Obamacare and has protected it since it was passed is the only top congressional leader to exempt some of his staff from having to buy insurance through the Obamacare exchanges. GOP House Speaker John Boehner, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell have all directed their staffs to join the exchange.
In September, Reid told reporters, “Let’s stop these really juvenile political games — the one dealing with health care for senators and House members and our staff. We are going to be part of exchanges, that’s what the law says and we’ll be part of that.”
That’s true. Reid and his personal staff will buy insurance through the exchange.
But it’s also true that the law lets lawmakers decide if their committee and leadership staffers hold on to their federal employee insurance plans, an option Reid has exercised.
Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson emphasized, “We are just following the law.”
While millions of people are losing their heath plans because of Obmacare and an estimated 80-100 million will be seeking new plans when the employer mandate kicks in next year it seems disingenuous that one of the people who caused the pain doesn’t believe the bill is good enough for “his people.”
In the end this is just more evidence that the Democratic Party leadership is arrogant and totally disassociated from the American people.