Congress Loses its Health Insurance?

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    Apr 15, 2010 2:03 AM GMT
    From the NYTimes

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/13/us/politics/13health.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

    For example, it says, the law may “remove members of Congress and Congressional staff” from their current coverage, in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, before any alternatives are available.

    The confusion raises the inevitable question: If they did not know exactly what they were doing to themselves, did lawmakers who wrote and passed the bill fully grasp the details of how it would influence the lives of other Americans?


    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.


    If Congress messes up on their own health insurance, why should we trust them getting 300+ million correct? This was one small detail that was a mistake but has real consequences because its now law. In this 2500+ page bill, think about the possibility of how many more "mistakes" could exist.
  • allatonce

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    Apr 15, 2010 2:20 AM GMT
    What if they wrote that everyone is REQUIRED to get a boob job???
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    Apr 15, 2010 2:23 AM GMT
    oh I am glad if this happened. Let Congress see what it's like.