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Today's hypocrisy brought to you by the letters I, R, and S.
The IRS may be tasked with enforcing Obamacare, but its employee union doesn't seem to care for the law. This is no surprise. If you had a nice, cushy insurance plan through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, would you want to be forced into one of the Affordable Care Act's god-awful exchanges? Of course not.
So, the National Treasury Employee Union is suggesting that its 150,000 members (including 100,000 in the IRS) write their Congressmen and let them know that while they may enforce Obamacare, they'd prefer not to be bound by it. They're deeply concerned that pending legislation may force them to get coverage from an exchange, just like the great, unwashed masses over which they rule.
H.R. 1780 was introduced by Republican Dave Camp as a reaction to rumors that, once again, the feds were cutting backroom deals to exempt themselves from Obamacare's provisions.
The union is supplying workers with a form letter so they can alert their representatives and Senators. It reads:
I am a federal employee and one of your constituents. I am very concerned about legislation that has been introduced by Congressman Dave Camp to push federal employees out of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and into the insurance exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
H.R. 1780 would put federal employees in a special class where they would be prohibited from receiving health insurance through their employer. It would treat federal employees differently from state and local government employees and most employees of large private sector companies who receive health insurance benefits through their employer. The primary purpose of the Affordable Care Act was to provide a marketplace for the sale and purchase of health insurance for those who do not have such coverage – not to take coverage away from employees who already receive it through their employers.
I work hard and am proud of the services that I provide to your constituents every day. One of the main benefits I receive as a federal employee is the ability to purchase health insurance coverage through the FEHBP with an employer contribution towards those benefits. Please let me know your views on this legislation. I look forward to hearing back from you.
Obamacare may make it too costly for your employer to continue coverage, and you might be forced to work part-time so that your employer can force you into the exchanges, but that's your problem. These people work for the government. They're buoyed by a supposedly bottomless pit of cash that they confiscate from the American people.
They're proud of the work they do. These vital services include facilitating wealth redistribution, holding extravagant training conventions, and making bad Star Trek movies. Why, if they weren't doing their jobs, who'd harass conservatives via the tax code?
These workers are heroes, and they've earned their perks. It's simply unconscionable that they might someday face a scenario where they'll be treated like one of their subjects.
Courtesy of Robert Laurie.
Good info, Funky. Here's another one I saw last night that highlights some ancillary problems with ObamaCare that haven't yet been included in the conversation. The latest is that cities who are filing for bankruptcy may have an angle to dump their funded health care responsibilities into the ObamaCare pool - thereby dumping the responsibliity for funding their retirees DIRECTLY ON THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER!!! See:
In effect, this further breaks one off in the rear ends of the taxpayers by saddling us with debt for city/state programs that previously WOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN FUNDED BY THE FEDERAL INCOME TAX. This is a defacto federal "bail-out" of some city/state liabilities, and it's just another way the "other 87%" of us are going to get screwed by ObamaCare.
When all the facts are known - even those dominoes which fall INDIRECTLY as a result of ObamaCare- it is clear that this is bad legislation and bad policy for the vast majority of the American people. The Republicans are absolutely correct to try to kill it.
Personally - I think John Roberts saw this coming and that's why he sided with the liberals in allowing the law to stand. If it had been overturned by SC fiat, then it would have given the Democrats a tremendous issue for the election in 2014 and beyond. But by letting the law stand - and allowing it to hit the fan in its implementation - Roberts could forsee ObamaCare collapsing under its own weight, once all the facts become known. This was the speculation by a few pundits when the SC decision came down, but I think it has merit.
It's all unfolding now.