Derek Hunter

If there’s one thing liberals/progressives can’t handle it is being held to their own standards. They support higher taxes but shelter their wealth in trusts and tax havens, which already is earned and no longer taxable as income, so they can avoid the death tax. They claim “the rich” aren’t paying their “fair share” and decry “loopholes” but then avail themselves of every deduction their accountants can find. They will not live the way they seek to impose on others unless and until it is imposed on others, and then only maybe.

In the case of Obamacare, Members of Congress of both parties did not want to give up their superior health insurance for the system they imposed on the rest of us. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, saw this for the hypocrisy it is and proposed an amendment to the bill that forced members and their staff to do just that. It made the final cut in the bill because to oppose it would be to admit before passage the system progressives sought to force on Americans was inferior to what existed.

Now that it’s the law, well, that’s a different story. Congress, with significant pressure from President Obama, forced the Office of Personnel Management to “reinterpret” the law to allow significant subsidies (our money) to be paid to them and their staff to cover the cost of premiums. If you’re in a similar income bracket and situation in the private sector you can’t get the deal they gave themselves.

That’s just one of many little “quirks” in the Obamacare saga. President Obama has waived unworkable pieces, unpopular pieces (for “the right people,” not you) and simply ignored others. Deadlines written into the law are optional when the president wants them to be but set in stone when Republicans and the American people do.

That’s why Friday the House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution that would fund every part of government except Obamacare. Only the Democrat-controlled Senate will never pass it and the president has said he’d veto it if they did.

The vote Friday was every bit as symbolic as anything else proposed by those hoping to repeal or postpone this mess, though it was nice to see Republican Leadership in the House “grow a pair” for once. But it’s temporary.

This battle should have been fought from the beginning, and continuously. It wasn’t.

From the beginning, Republican leadership in the House has been playing checkers while Democrats and the White House have been playing chess. If they’d been smart (and principled, which has been the biggest problem) they would have gone the other route.


Derek Hunter

Derek Hunter is Washington, DC based writer, radio host and political strategist. You can also stalk his thoughts 140 characters at a time on Twitter.