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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Carve-outs for Congress -- Review & Outlook, The Wall Street Journal


An honest way to take on ObamaCare, if the GOP will give up its benefits and the White House's special subsidy exemption.


Congress's ObamaCare confrontation is quickly deepening into a Cuban missile crisis, albeit a version that ends with a mushroom cloud. Smarter Republicans know they might be nuked, which is why they want to back away from the "defunding" brinksmanship. There's a better strategy if Republicans will put their own privileges in play.

On Friday the House passed a bill cancelling spending for the Affordable Care Act, but the GOP needs a realistic replacement short of a government shutdown once Senate Democrats restore the money. One option is the illegal ObamaCare exemption for Members and their staff. This dispensation is the only ObamaCare abuse that Republicans won't criticize. Is that because it was perpetrated on their behalf?

The Affordable Care Act requires the 11,000 people who work on Capitol Hill to purchase their health insurance on its exchanges, but many of them earn too much to qualify for subsidies. That's a financial hit worth about $5,000 for individuals and $11,000 for families. So in early August President Obama's personnel team came to the rescue with a let-the-good-times-roll regulation that entitles Members and aides to their current premium contributions, on the basis of zero legal authority.

Liberals consider the income thresholds for ObamaCare subsidies to be important tools for their social engineering. Shielding the elites from those thresholds creates one set of rules for them and another for the rest of America. Among the many extralegal ObamaCare waivers and exemptions, carve-outs for well-connected, well-off Washingtonians are among the worst.

One of the few Republicans who is making himself a Senator non grata by pointing all this out is Lousiana's David Vitter. He's been shopping around an amendment that would overturn the opt-out legislatively.

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