Report: Nancy Pelosi says congressmen must enroll in Obamacare exchanges; Updated

Rep. Nancy Pelosi has issued a statement clarifying that all members of Congress and their staff will be required to enroll in the state-run health care exchanges established under Obamacare, Cox Radio reporter Jamie Dupree is reporting tonight.

The New York Times reported Monday that legislators were becoming increasingly anxious about the cost of insuring themselves through the new state exchanges. They’re finding out what’s in Obamacare, and they’re not liking it either.

Under a wrinkle that dates back to enactment of the law, members of Congress and thousands of their aides are required to get their coverage through new state-based markets known as insurance exchanges.

But the law does not provide any obvious way for the federal government to continue paying its share of the premiums for the comprehensive coverage.

If the government cannot do so, it could mean an additional expense of $5,000 a year for individuals and $11,000 for families under some of the most popular plans.

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Politico gives some insight into what made Pelosi so confident in declaring that members of Congress and their staffs must enroll in the exchanges:

The Office of Personnel Management, under heavy pressure from Capitol Hill, will issue a ruling that says the government can continue to make a contribution to the health care premiums of members of Congress and their aides, according to several Hill sources.

That prompted Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) to declare the arrangement an “outrageous exemption.”

  • slattont

    Isn’t congressmen sexist? Shouldn’t it be congress critters.

  • WilliamAmos

    Obama first

    • WilliamAmos

      Add she is saying they must register in their home states I believe. If so for once I am glad she is in California.

      • Clayton Grant

        Got any ideas on how I can get on the panel that will ration her healthcare?

        • WilliamAmos
          • Guest
          • CR

            Seems like they were pretty quick to fix the part of the law that will affect them adversely. What about the part of the law (AKA the WHOLE THING) that scr*ws over the rest of the country? Not acting so fast to change that, now are they!?!?!

          • CR

            With an estimated net worth of around $35.3 million, I am sure she can just travel to another country to get her healthcare taken care of or secure concierge care and pay privately.

            If I had the political connections and money of these congressmen and women, I might not be quite so worried about being forced to enroll in ObamaCare. Sadly, I chose to actually do something useful with my life rather than exploiting and stealing from the general population :(

          • Lord Foggybottom

            Pelosi doesn’t worry about anything because she is filthy rich, morally bankrupt and mentally retarded.

          • sickofitall1096

            One can only dream but unfortunately she’s so full of plastic she should be preserved for the next 1000 years.

          • bluewaternavy

            A few thousand years from now, some archaologist will come across Nancy and exclaim: “Good GOD! What is THIS?!?”

      • syvyn11

        Me thinks San Fran Gran Nan is in for a rude surprise.

  • Guest

    Do they enroll in their home state or will DC have to add them to its exchange?

    • TooOldToBeCool

      They’ll say that, since DC is technically NOT a state, there can be no “state-run” exchange and therefore they are exempt.

      • Roto

        D.C.’s exchange is gonna be late, not until Jan. 2014…..

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          • Roto

            Congressmen are like the rest of us who live in the area, and wouldn’t be caught dead living in D.C. so they live in VA which defaulted to the Feds :-)

  • TocksNedlog

    “Cox” radio?

    Someone has weiner on the brain!

    • Guest

      I didn’t, until you brought it up. Thanx, Pal!

  • GodSaveAmerica


  • GodSaveAmerica

    Folks Pelosi is lying: Obama just fixed it for the Hill:

    • trixiewoobeans

      Yep, they made sure they didn’t get screwed, but screw us!

  • EyesWideOpen

    Congress should have to eat the same cr@p sandwich that is being forced on the rest of us. Maybe that is the best way to get rid of Obamacare…require Congress to enroll in the exchanges too.

  • $17227379

    Until I know how good or bad the full implementation is, I’ll withhold my judgement.

    Congress should be involved in it like the American citizens they are. What’s good for the goose and all that.

    • Clayton Grant

      If you haven’t figured out by now how bad it’s going to be …


      Read this:

    • ObamaFail

      The fact that they delayed part of it shows that implementation is going to be a complete mess. Even the guy who wrote the law said it’ll be a train wreck.

      • $17227379

        Did he call it a train wreck because it might be a bad law or that it’s a plan that encompasses so much of our economy, it’s difficult to put into place?

        • tops116

          “it’s a plan that encompasses so much of our economy, it’s difficult to put into place”

          Really? Something that large would be difficult to put into place? Oh, if only someone had said that back in 2010. Oh wait, every single Republican in Congress and every single Tea Party protester said that. Curiously enough, Democrats (like those now calling the law a train wreck” didn’t listen, preferring to ram the law through and calling the opponents racists.

          Gee, it’s almost as if Democrats made their bed and realize to their horror that they have to lie in it.

          • $17227379

            Would it have been better to maintain the status quo?

          • Todd Hill

            Funny, when it comes to trying to fix the porous southern border, the Dems are all for maintaining the status quo instead of enacting anything to fix the problem. Why the reverse stance on health care from the left? Consistency!

          • alanstorm

            In a word, yes. Remember, one of the Big Reasons we had to have this passed (without reading it!) was that we had between 15 and 45 million uninsured. (The number varied daily according to the frothiness of the speaker.) Well, guess what? That won’t change.

            So, what will we have? A system where we all get to pay more, for no discernable increase in value. We will have a two-tiered system where the wealthy and politically-connected get great care, and the rest of us get crappy care. This will at some point collapse, the govenment will call it a “market failure” despite the lack of an actual market, and institute “single payer”, under which….the wealthy and politically-connected get great care, and the rest of us get crappy care.

            This will be deemed a “Victory for the People”.

            Re: single-payer, that is a monopsony. The only example of a current one I can think of is the military. While I admire the military, and am glad we have them, is there anyone out there who would point to the military as an example of fiscal resraint and efficiency?

        • ObamaFail

          The Democrats didn’t even bother to read it. They just shoved it through so they could please their king Obama, and now those hypocrites demand to be exempt from the law they are ramming down our throats. So go troll somewhere else.

  • giatny

    They will get the same subsidies that every one else in the exchanges get. I don’t
    see a basis for them to get extra subsidies, however, I am sure they will get
    salary raises to make up for the difference in cost. In other words, taxpayers will
    still be picking up the tab for them.

    • alanstorm

      The exchanges are for those who don’t get insurance through their employers. The subsidies are for those who can’t afford health insurance. Do you believe that these people can’t afford health insurance, and need subsidies?

  • Jeremy
    • ObamaFail

      Imbecile might be selling Pelosi short. She’s way dumber than your average imbecile.

  • Roto

    Good luck Nancy, if their residences are local. MD is the only exchange ready — D.C. is gonna be late (imagine that) and Virginia defaulted to the Feds

  • Batman

    Oh please…they’ll find a loophole or some other means at being treated better than other Americans. They always do.

  • HARP2

    This will be the end of democrats.

  • tops116

    “I firmly believe that Obamacare is great.”
    “Then why did you exempt yourself from it, and why are you looking for loopholes to stay off it?”
    “Shut up, you racist misogynist!”

    • Tom Chipp

      Don’t get violent with …. yourself.

  • $17227379

    How about instead of the “Repeal!” or “Defund!” chants, we “Fix!”?

    • journogal

      Defund it, then fix it. Why should government control healthcare? It’s amazing that you want to willingly give government so much power over your life. Are you afraid to make decisions on your own, and need government to hold your hand every step of the way.
      We have a great healthcare system, people from other countries come here for it. We just have a group of people who think they shouldn’t pay for services and everything should be taken care of. What about tort reform? Allow insurance to be sold across state lines – more competition that will lower the prices? What about medical saving accounts? This and more was offered, but the Democrat balked at it, because it gives people more independence, which we can’t have.

    • ObamaFail

      Have any Democrats stepped forward to try to fix the problem? No, they are shoving it through as is, but making sure they are exempt from it.

    • MarcusFenix

      You have people like Pelosi who had to “pass it to know what’s in it”….so I don’t think fixing it is anywhere on the table when they didn’t even know what was wrong from the start.

      Consider it as an incredibly defective car, that requires an entire overhaul from bumper to bumper. Do you waste tons of resources on it, or do you get rid of it and get something new, which is likely cheaper and with less hassle?

      This legislative nightmare was garbage to begin with, forced on people who didn’t want it, and the best way to fix it is to get rid of it altogether.

    • Tom Chipp

      How about we fix by coming up with a market based solution that reduces costly government intervention?

      I seem to remember a template used a few years back, oh yes, it was for auto insurance. Congress couldn’t get away with two successes in a single generation.

  • James A. Lonon

    I think she just nipped the hand that feeds her. I predict a lump of really dirty, dirty, coal in someone’s Christmas stocking this year!

    • Kevin Kiner

      Good luck finding any coal after they get done with the “War on Coal”

  • Batman

    That exemption better apply to ALL federal employees and not just members of Congress or the govt is looking at a nice lawsuit.

  • dogman67

    …IRS+FEC+NSA+FBI+ICE+DHS=All exempt from OmamaCare…

  • Terry

    I wonder if the hardware store has any pitchforks left in stock. Perhaps time to learn the words to O Canada, and head north. (Just read Politico story linked above)

  • IceColdTroll

    “Members & their staffs will still get health subsidies from Uncle Sam”

    Well. I don’t see why Members are getting so aroused, then.

  • chetnapier

    that will change once the botox wears off

  • REVA

    You got to eat what you cook!! See how you like it……

  • stuckinIL4now

    Botox Queen Nancy will appear to set the example by being the first to enroll. She’ll hold a public enrollment publicity stunt and say–“See, see, I’m enrolling my family”–though in truth she’ll be holding up blank forms that she’s never read which have nothing to do with the unAffordable less Care Act and waving them around so no camera can get a clear shot of what the forms actually are, then she’ll prance and parade around insisting that her family is officially enrolled in ObamaScarce.

  • I M Free

    Lets start with San Francisco…

  • Axelgreaser

    INSIDE TRADING SCOUNDREL PELOSI WILL ALSO FIND A WAY TO SUBSIDIZE IT so they won’t have to pay, just as Obama gutted his own inside trader bill which was inspired by this awful woman. Hasn’t Obama promised to ‘find the funds to subsidize the Senate?’ But to hell with the rest of the country, right? OBAMACARE SUX…even the idiots that didn’t read it and still signed the rest of us up for don’t want to have anything to do with it, much sign up FOR it. Will ‘bats in her belfry’, Tuna Queen Pelosi also be subsidized too, considering her enormous fortune?

    Let’s all be ‘Subsidized!’

    • Truth

      Unfortunately, you’re last sentence summed up the whole idea behind Obamacare. The liberals want a single payer health system for all, subsidized by the federal government, i.e., the taxpayer, just like all the other socialist countries.

  • Asok Asus

    Just watch. Either Congress will exempt themselves and their pets from Obamacare, or fuehrer Obama will exempt them by Executive Diktat. The Politburo always gets better medical care than the peasants. Don’t ya’ll know that by now???