What do Sanford Bishop, Hank Johnson, John Lewis and David Scott have in common?
Yes, they are all members of Congress.
Yes, they all hail from the state of Georgia.
Yes, they are all Democrats.
And yes, they all voted for ObamaCare [House Vote #165, 21 March 2010].
Politico reported, yesterday, that Congressional leaders --including Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid of Nevada-- "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" [Bresnahan and Sherman (24 April 2013). Lawmakers, aides may get Obamacare exemption. Politico. Retrieved on 25 April 2013.].
The key takeaway from the Politico article is featured below:
". . . 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."
Since ObamaCare was first introduced into the halls of Congress, many deemed the idea bad public policy. There were lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of ObamaCare, not to mention the litany of bills and resolutions seeking to cut funding from the health care law entirely. In spite of the very vocal opposition to ObamaCare, Sanford Bishop, Hank Johnson, John Lewis and David Scott all voted to enact the Obama-backed health care legislation.
Now we learn there's a secret plan to exempt the people who voted for ObamaCare from the provisions of ObamaCare.
This epitomizes everything that is wrong with Washington today. It seems like there are two sets of rules in place -- one for the people and one for the powerful in D.C.
If ObamaCare is so damn good, then why the secret talks and secret plans to exempt Congress from its provisions? If ObamaCare is good enough for Bishop, Johnson, Lewis and Scott to cast "Yes" votes in favor of its passage, then the ObamaCare mandates should be good enough for them as well.
Likewise, if ObamaCare is bad for the members of Congress who voted for it, ObamaCare is bad for the millions of Americans now subjected to its mandates and should be repealed.