Wow. You have to read this story in the Argus Leader to believe it:
During debate on the controversial Affordable Care Act in 2010, Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley included a provision in the law to require members of Congress and their “congressional staff” to purchase health insurance through the exchanges. Grassley argued that members of Congress and their staffs should be required to purchase health insurance in the same manner as Americans who are forced to buy insurance on exchanges.
But an exemption in the law allowed congressional staffers who serve on committees or on leadership staffs to continue in the federal health plan rather than the exchanges. The leadership and committee staffers were considered “unofficial” while the staffers who work in the congressional offices were considered “official.”
Andi Fouberg, Thune’s spokeswoman, said Thune decided that all staff under his control will move to the exchanges for their health care next year because he wanted staffers to be treated equally, even though he opposed the Affordable Care Act.
“It’s important to note that all of the Obama administration, the very people who forced this law on the American people, is exempt from the Obamacare exchanges,” Fouberg said.
But Johnson is going in the opposite direction. According to an interview with Politico, Johnson has designated all of his staff as unofficial, which allows them to stay on the federal health insurance plan, known as the FEHB. Unlike Thune, Johnson supported the Affordable Care Act.
“They preferred to go on the FEHB,” Johnson told Politico.“That’s the way I want it, and the subsidy is the same.”
And if you read the story, you’ll note that Noem’s staffers are going on Obamacare just like Thune’s are.
But, for the man who was the deciding vote in the Senate, exempting his staff from Obamacare is “the way he wants it.”
So, why isn’t “the way he wants it” good enough for the rest of South Dakota? Why isn’t it good enough for the rest of the country for that matter?
While the Republicans who vehemently oppose it are placing their staffers on Obamacare, so they’re on the same playing field as the rest of the country, the 60th & deciding vote for Obamacare, Tim Johnson, has exempted staffers from Obamacare.
I’m so flabbergasted by this, I have to repeat it: The 60th & deciding vote for Obamacare, Tim Johnson, exempts staffers from Obamacare.
And “that’s the way he want’s it.”
Heck of an exclamation point to put on the end of a political career, isn’t it?