We have rocket scientists running Congress. According to Ace of Spades, Congress has voted to terminate their own health insurance and will not receive a replacement until 2014. This session of Congress has certainly brought out who’s who among the morons and it also goes to show that they did not read the bill fully to comprehend what they were going to do to the American public and even themselves.
In a recent New York Times article, the Congressional Research Service says there will be consequences to not just the coverage received by members of Congress, but to their staffers as well.
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.
The law apparently bars members of Congress from the federal employees health program, on the assumption that lawmakers should join many of their constituents in getting coverage through new state-based markets known as insurance exchanges.
But the research service found that this provision was written in an imprecise, confusing way, so it is not clear when it takes effect.
The new exchanges do not have to be in operation until 2014. But because of a possible “drafting error,” the report says, Congress did not specify an effective date for the section excluding lawmakers from the existing program.
Perhaps, members of Congress should lose their cadillac plans, as it will help them to realize the impact of their votes for government-run health care on the American people. In the meantime, we can only laugh at their stupidity.