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Lame Brain Drain

I am not suggesting that the Congressional staffers who may be seeking greener career pastures (due to changes in health care benefits) are “lame brains;” however, if they are responsible for most of the madness that emanates from Capitol Hill, I may have to reassess.  Rather, the much-ballyhooed, “sky-is-falling” brouhaha over the potential for intellectual flight from the Senate and House office buildings is itself a bit lame.

The Fix is In...

The deal has been made; Congress and President Obama figured out a way to provide continued subsidies for healthcare premiums for congressional staff.  The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) just released the proposed regulation, which can be found here.

Unions Wake Up from their Four-Year Slumber

Well, who would have thought that the very unions that spent millions of dollars to get Obamacare signed into law are now complaining to Democrat leaders in Congress about the same law, telling them, “We have a problem; you need to fix it.”

Waking Up to Reality

The press and many fans of Obamacare are beginning to wake up to problems with the healthcare law.  It appears reality, not the Utopia that was promised, is settling in.  I have written about this in an earlier blog found here.  Now, the New York Times is pondering another possible scenario with respect to the law and employers. 

Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others

In April, I wrote about a developing story that some members of Congress were looking for ways to get themselves and their staff out from participating in Obamacare.  There was such a large kerfuffle and outrage about it that news reports quickly surfaced that Congress was doing no such thing.

Peeling Back Another Onion

As I wrote last week, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has gotten herself into some hot water concerning her solicitation for donations for non-profit groups that will help with the implementation of Obamacare.  She asked for donations from corporations, some of which are regulated by HHS, and foundations.

Show Me the Money

The Washington Post had an interesting column a few days ago.  It seems Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is asking for more money from health industry officials to help implement Obamacare since Congress is refusing to provide more funds.  While the effort is caged as asking for “donations” it does not take someone from Mensa International to know this is very questionable behav

Never Mind

Yesterday, I blogged about a story in the newspaper Politico that said members of Congress were looking for ways to exempt themselves and their staff from Obamacare.

What’s Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander – NOT!

All you need to do to find out how “wonderful” the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare will be for all of us is to go to the White House Web site.  In almost reverent slogans the Obama Administration claims.

Train Wreck

Today, Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) announced his retirement – joining five other Democrat senators calling it quits.

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