Many members of Congress now appear to be trying as quietly as possible to work on exempting themselves and their staffs from participating in Obamacare (sort of like they did with the now toothless STOCK Act.) Politico reports:
Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, sources in both parties said.
The talks — which involve Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Obama administration and other top lawmakers — are extraordinarily sensitive, with both sides acutely aware of the potential for political fallout from giving carve-outs from the hugely controversial law to 535 lawmakers and thousands of their aides. Discussions have stretched out for months, sources said.
There is concern in some quarters that the provision requiring lawmakers and staffers to join the exchanges, if it isn’t revised, could lead to a “brain drain” on Capitol Hill, as several sources close to the talks put it.
Could this be a sign of the left starting to come around on the looming disaster that is Obamcare? At the start of the month, unapologetic left-leaning Time columnist Joe Klein penned a column called “Obamacare Incompetence” criticizing the law's implementation, both parties have voted to drop certain taxes from the law, and exchanges aren’t close to ready. On 'Real News' Thursday the panel discussed if the left is beginning to admit Obamacare is a big government headache and if a full repeal is the only solution?