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The Washington Time
One of the Republican promises in the 1994 congressional campaign, included in the “Contract With America,” was to force Congress to live under the laws it imposes on everyone else. The Congressional Accountability Act followed, eliminating a number of major exemptions in the hope that lawmakers would be less likely to enact burdensome laws if they were personally affronted by them.
As the reality of Obamacare sinks in on Congress, members and their staffs are looking for a way to get out of the health insurance exchanges mandated by the law. Politico, the Capitol Hill daily, reports that the obstacle for Democrats is that unless the insurance premiums of politicians and their aides are subsidized by their employers (that would be you and me, the taxpayers), they could be hit with thousands of dollars in new, out-of-pocket health care expenses.
This is a surprise only to Nancy Pelosi and those who haven’t been paying attention. “We’ve been saying this since Day One,” Sen. Mitch McConnell explained on Thursday. The Republican leader wants the entire country freed from the expensive mandate, not just lawmakers. “Only now are Washington Democrats coming around to the reality of what they passed,” he said. “I hope more will join us in repealing it in its entirety, root and branch.”
We’ve come a long way from the days when President Obama toured the country, vowing that Obamacare would “cut the cost of a typical family’s premium by up to $2,500 a year.” Forget about cost savings. The IRS now estimates that the least expensive of the government-sanctioned health plans will cost the average family of four $20,000 a year — an increase of about $4,000. The Heritage Foundation’s state-by-state estimates of likely premium increases range from a minimum of 19 percent in Colorado and New Hampshire to