Exempt Me, Too!
Obama claimed, “If you like your plan, you can keep it,” unless you’re an average American citizen, that is. As costs rise, healthcare options dwindle, and businesses take preventative measures to minimize the negative impact of ObamaCare, more and more of the well-connected and elites have taken measures to excuse themselves from the burdens the law brings. Obama’s promise of healthcare for all, has quickly become healthcare that no one wants.
When ObamaCare was introduced, Congressman Chuck Grassley inserted an amendment that required all of Congress to buy into this form of healthcare. But since then grumbles and complaints have been heard on Capitol Hill over the prospect of losing their top-notch, taxpayer-funded plans to a relatively burdensome alternative. All the griping begs the question; if ObamaCare isn’t good enough for the lawmakers who voted for it, why should our families have to be stuck with this healthcare?
But instead of attempting to actually fix (or repeal) ObamaCare, members of Congress dodged the issue and gave themselves an exemption from the law. Your representatives no longer have to deal with the same ObamaCare problems that your family will face.
Even labor unions, one of the biggest cheerleaders initially, are now beginning to regret their decision. They are finally looking a few steps down the road and are beginning to see what the average business owner will have to do to stay afloat. Under the new law, employers with over 50 employees must provide this new healthcare or face a stiff penalty. The problem is that it’s easier to cut jobs, hours, and benefits than to comply with the massive glut of new regulations, and we’re already seeing that play out. Earlier this week Trader Joe’s, known for their generous benefits, announced they were dropping healthcare coverage for all part-time employees. Trader Joe’s is just the latest employer whose workers are falling victim to ObamaCare, and the CBO estimates that at least another 40 million workers will lose their employer-provided coverage.