What’s good for the goose isn’t good enough for Congress

June 13, 2013

By Katy Grimes


Congressional lawmakers and aides are so afraid that their health insurance premiums will escalate in January when Obamacare officially begins, they are thinking about quitting their government jobs, or retiring early in order to stay under the current health plan.

It appears lawmaking is good for everyone else, until the law comes home to roost. Or in this case, what’s good for the goose, isn’t good enough for Congress.

“Dozens of lawmakers and aides are so afraid that their health insurance premiums will skyrocket next year thanks to Obamacare that they are thinking about retiring early or just quitting,” Politico reported today.

Their fear is the loss of their government-subsidized healthcare. At the end of the year, when the rest of the country will be ushered kicking and screaming into socialized health care under the Affordable Care Act,  Congressional aides and lawmakers are also supposed to be transitioned onto the government health care exchanges. And along with everyone else, their health care benefits are going to cost a great deal more.

True to their elitist practices, some of the lawmakers and staff want Congress to amend the Obamacare law and insert an exemption for them. If that doesn’t happen, they want taxpayers to subsidize the whole enchilada.

Brain drain or brain gain?

“If the issue isn’t resolved, and massive numbers of lawmakers and aides bolt, many on Capitol Hill fear it could lead to a brain drain just as Congress tackles a slew of weighty issues — like fights over the Tax Code and immigration reform,” Politico said.

A “brain drain?” While it might cause internal problems if there was a mass exodus of Capitol staff, think of the fun it would be watching certain Senators and members of Congress flail during speeches, and in committees.

But never fear, the elite political class will come to the rescue of other elite political class members.

“Rep. John Larson, a Connecticut Democrat in leadership when the law passed, said he thinks the problem will be resolved,” Politico reported. “If not, I think we should begin an immediate amicus brief to say, ‘Listen this is simply not fair to these employees,’” Larson said. “They are federal employees.”

Apparently federal employees should not be subjected to the laws passed by their chieftains.

Lawmakers and their staff currently have very generous health benefits under the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program, of which 75 percent is subsidized. Many employers help employees out with health plan subsidies, but a 75 percent subsidy of an already very generous health plan, is unusual.


Bloomberg news reported in April that talks on the issue between House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid were ongoing, but being done behind closed doors.

The rest of America lives under ‘what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander‘ rule. Then again, maybe Congress is cooking its own goose.

California lawmakers will probably not be far behind once they figure out how awful Obamacare is going to be, especially after they are done with their add-ons. As I wrote in February, Obamacare grants everyone exemptions except taxpayers.


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  1. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 13 June, 2013, 16:56

    Ben Franklin somewhat jokingly wanted the Turkey as our national “representative”, as he put it. Others preferred the Bald Eagle, which of course won out. At first I thought a third choice more fitting the present day – that bird at bottom right.

    Then I read this, and maybe the Bald Eagle was the correct choice after all. (Though the cooked goose still has merits.) From Franklin’s letter to his daughter, 1784.

    “….For my own part I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen the Representative of our Country. He is a Bird of bad moral Character. He does not get his Living honestly. You may have seen him perched on some dead Tree near the River, where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the Labour of the Osprey; and when that diligent Bird has at length taken a Fish, and is bearing it to his Nest for the Support of his Mate and young Ones, the Bald Eagle pursues him and takes it from him.”

    A fitting description of our Federal government if there ever was one.

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  2. ECK
    ECK 13 June, 2013, 20:49

    I love it!! For decades the congress and CA legislators have exempted themselves, and often, their cohorts from the laws they pass. This is a huge rip-off scandal. The average Joe has no idea of this. If he(she) did, it would probably result in a revolt. Well one can always hope so.

    Damn, I want to be a Federal employee! What a gig!

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  3. Hondo
    Hondo 14 June, 2013, 07:51

    ‘Brain drain in congress’ is an oxymoron.
    Obamacare is worst for the WORKING poor. Those Americans who make just enough money to not be eligible for medicaid. With the gigantic increases in the price of health insurance, they won’t, by a mile, be able to afford to buy insurance. They will have to pay the huge tax (penalty), and still not be insured. This group of people were the very reason the dems pushed this bill. And they still will be without, only they have a GIGANTIC tax increase. This tax increase on our poorest, WORKING poor, is the largest tax increase in the history of the world.
    Once again.
    If you think health care is expensive now, wait till its free.

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  4. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 15 June, 2013, 08:32

    Hondo is the CWD blue collar sage….He never made it…..never had it….never anything………….the perfect fit at CWD…..

    Give Obama a chance…..he needs more time to transform America…..be patriotic for a change…..

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