All the warning signs are there, loud and clear. Obamacare is leading to job cuts. It’s forcing Americans and American families – already cash-strapped due to the economy – to pay for something they may not want or need. Polls show more people disapprove of Obamacare than support it. Aspects of the law have been delayed.
And maybe the most damning: The people who are implementing it don’t want it.
Rand Paul, the junior senator from Kentucky, sees the hypocrisy of this reality. So in a Washington Times op ed, he asks this question: Why must regular Americans feel the pressure of Obamacare, when the elected officials who voted for it get to skirt around and avoid using it themselves?
“I find it absolutely despicable that Mr. Obama, his administration and the elected officials who shoved this mandate down the throat of Americans are now giving themselves waivers. The president is also giving his friends waivers. Mr. Obama’s behavior mirrors that of a captain jumping overboard, abandoning his own sinking ship.”
Paul has offered a solution (as he usually does, despite many of his congressional colleagues preferring to twiddle their thumbs). He proposed an amendment that would ban federal employees from receiving an exemption from Obamacare. Instead, all federal employees – every last one – would be required by law to get their health insurance through Obamacare, rather than relying on taxpayer-funded subsidies.
Paul is attacking the bigger issue of elitism in government as well. He also proposed a broader amendment that would make it so elected officials are unable to operate under different rules than the people they represent. They were elected by the people. How can they properly represent the people’s interests if they’re living in a different world?
For the time being, we’ll get to watch those people who voted for Obamacare float around above the fray, while the people on the ground suffer from widely-predicted problems. And hey, why should the congressmen care? It’s not their jobs being cut because a small business can’t afford to pay for Obamacare.
And isn’t there something clearly wrong with that?
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