It's no surprise to most people at this point that ObamaCare is a total trainwreck but apparently, it's so bad that both Republicans and Democrats working on Capitol Hill are trying to get themselves a waiver while the rest of the country scrambles to comply. Unreal:
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.
A source close to the talks says: “Everyone has to hold hands on this and jump, or nothing is going to get done.”
Yet if Capitol Hill leaders move forward with the plan, they risk being dubbed hypocrites by their political rivals and the American public. By removing themselves from a key Obamacare component, lawmakers and aides would be held to a different standard than the people who put them in office.
Let's not forget about the historic 2010 overturn of the House when the main issue was ObamaCare. You can bet that if both parties go through with this move, Republicans can expect to be primaried while Democrats can kiss their seats goodbye....again. Not to mention, if both parties see the law as this big of a disaster, they should all vote to repeal it rather than exempting themselves while the rest of the country suffers.
As I've written before, the best we can hope for is that ObamaCare collapses on itself as states refuse to implement ObamaCare exchanges, small businesses lay off workers and cut hours to avoid it and as health insurance costs skyrocket as a result of government overreach into the health insurance system.
UPDATE: Boehner denies. H/T Ed Morrissey