One thing Rep. Gingrey mentioned at the town hall meeting was that ‘ObamaCare’ may have barred members of Congress from the federal employees health program.
Today, that same news broke all over the Internet.
“It is unclear whether members of Congress and Congressional staff who are currently participating in F.E.H.B.P. may be able to retain this coverage,” the research service said in an 8,100-word memorandum.
And even if current members of Congress can stay in the popular program for federal employees, that option will probably not be available to newly elected lawmakers, the report says.
Moreover, it says, the strictures of the new law will apply to staff members who work in the personal office of a member of Congress. But they may or may not apply to people who work on the staff of Congressional committees and in “leadership offices” like those of the House speaker and the Democratic and Republican leaders and whips in the two chambers.
It seems the Democratic leadership was in such a rush to pass the bill, none of them actually read the bill. If they did read the bill, they surely didn’t understand it, which worries me even more.
You see, the bill doesn’t establish a “start date” for this provision of the law, and therefore falls into a very well defined area of statutory interpretation.
Under well-established canons of statutory interpretation, the report said, “a law takes effect on the date of its enactment” unless Congress clearly specifies otherwise. And Congress did not specify any other effective date for this part of the health care law. The law was enacted when President Obama signed it three weeks ago.
This basically means that the law which bans members of Congress and their staff from the health benefit program they all love so much (and probably want to keep) took effect with the stroke of the President’s pens when he signed the health-care bill one letter at a time.
They did not read the bill. They did not understand the bill. The Democrats that voted for this bill deserve this, at the very least.
On another note, I am sure you heard that President Obama has vowed not to use nuclear weapons, no matter what. Well, not only will he not use nuclear weapons, but he informed those who may want to attack us that the government will not respond with aid after an attack.
The White House has warned state and local governments not to expect a “significant federal response” at the scene of a terrorist nuclear attack for 24 to 72 hours after the blast, according to a planning guide.
The chaos that would inevitably follow such a blast would make it difficult for the federal government to react quickly.
It will take them 72 hours to respond to a disaster like this? What do the victims of Hurricane Katrina think about this? Where’s Brownie when we need him?
Do you feel safe now?