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Legislate in haste, repent in leisure

That’s how Tom Mcguire describes this bit of a laugh about the bill nobody apparently read – health care reform:

The law apparently bars members of Congress from the federal employees health program, on the assumption that lawmakers should join many of their constituents in getting coverage through new state-based markets known as insurance exchanges.

But the research service found that this provision was written in an imprecise, confusing way, so it is not clear when it takes effect.

The new exchanges do not have to be in operation until 2014. But because of a possible “drafting error,” the report says, Congress did not specify an effective date for the section excluding lawmakers from the existing program.

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.

Yes it’s ironic – but it also pathetic.  It gives you an idea of how “carefully crafted” the bill was and how much time our legislators spent considering its consequences and weighing its impact.  Zip.  None.  Nada.  They didn’t even know they’d written themselves out of their present insurance coverage.  Can you imagine they know anything about what they’ve done to yours?

Of course we all know they’ll fix that – and if anyone doubts that, I have a great set of relics from Christian saints you might be interested in. Frankly I think they should be barred from doing so – but that’s just my opinion.  But this certainly indicates that the law of unintended consequences is not only loose, but running rampant in areas the legislators most likely don’t even know exist at this point in time.

Is this what you pay them to do?  Is this a reason to retain their services?

What would you do with an employee this freakin’ dumb and inept?

Unfortunately you can’t do it today – see you in November.

~McQ

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11 Responses to Legislate in haste, repent in leisure

  • Don’t you just love it?  Nancy Pelosi must have been gazing into a crystal ball when she said, “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.”

    Now that the bill is law and we can now read it – thank you for at least giving us that priviledge, Madam Speaker – we can find out exactly what it says and guess what – it don’t say what Obama and the Dems have been telling us all along that it was supposed to say!  In fact this is just an example of them finding out along with the rest of us what it does say.

    November can’t come too soon!

  • This gives me new hope that maybe someday we can sneak a provision into a bill that requires Nancy Pelosi’s underwear to be run up the Capitol flagpole.  I think the consequence would have to be more personal and embarrassing than getting your health coverage taken away, in order to shame these people into reading bills.

  • Hey… if Congress gets dumped from its health care plan, does that make the bill more deficit neutral?

  • Heh, this section of the bill was directly beneath the paragraph that specified the 4 point, deep water anchoring system  required to keep Guam from capsizing.  There’s also another paragraph that covers occasionally running Guam up onto the beach in Australia and scrapping the barnacles off it.
     
    You gotta give Obama this – he KNEW.  When he gave his rambling 15 minute speech to the woman who was concerned about raising taxes, he specifically said something like  “members of Congress are going to be on the same plan you are, so you KNOW it has to be good, right!”.
     
    OBAMA – an acronym – One Big Ass Mistake America.

  • Well, I think we can look for bipartisan and perhaps UNANIMOUS Congressional support for the next health care bill…

    … that gives that bunch of wardheelers and thieves their gold-plated insurance plan back.  Expect a vote before lunchtime tomorrow, and expect the language to be clear-cut and unequivocal.

  • “Looking forward to tomorrow, when we’re inevitably told that they meant to do that.”
    This morning I was told by a democrat staffer:  “If it’s good enough for the American people it’s damn sure good enough for me and we will gladly do what is right.”

    • “We will gladly do what is right”
       
      So we can expect the correction to be buried deeply in the next bill passed.

  • Since their current coverage was pretty much obliterated with the signing of the bill, they will get to find out first hand whether the individual mandate applies to them and whether the IRS will be knocking at their doors for their penalty, since the option to get new coverage doesn’t kick in for 4 years.
    So .. how many Congressional idiots does it take to screw in a light bulb ?   Apparently, 218 +60.

  • The Demmies and The Clown™ in the White House have sold this country out. I am sickened that anyone still supports their program of destruction that is destroying America, brick by brick.