Obamacare? Oh no. Lawmakers and Aides are better than that.


First, this report is from the same sort of “unnamed sources” that feed bad info, so it may not be true. (Or it may be true, and it’s coming to light and the *%)$#!storm that is breaking because of it will cause all high-level persons involved to treat it like a baby in Kermit Gosnell’s clinic.)

But if it is true, and I’m going to treat it that way until definitively renounced, bravo to whoever the brave souls are on each side who had the guts (decency?) to out this disgusting plan.

It seems members of both parties are involved in very confidential talks to exempt the whole seedy mess of lawmakers and their aides from the “third world experience” of the “huge train wreck” coming down the tracks we know as Obamacare…

Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, sources in both parties said.


Yes: the healthcare overhaul that we so desperately needed to make sure all was well in America; that we needed to come into the 20th century (let alone the 21st); that we needed to assure justice to all persons who manage to escape the womb alive; that we needed lest we all be a nation of selfish prigs… is not good enough for the very people responsible for foisting it upon us.

This law and its provisions are important enough that the religious objections of the nation’s largest religious group—objections that merited an unprecedented unanimity among the bishops (non-Catholics, and even a fair number of Catholics, have no idea how remarkable that is)—can be set aside. But it is not good enough for the very people responsible for tying this burden on our backs.

To be sure, scads of other exemptions have been granted—to unions and Obama donors, mostly—but the sheer, unmitigated gall necessary for them to see how bad it will be and choose to exempt themselves while not tossing it out root and branch lest that which they dislike fall upon the rest of us anyhow really beats all. As @Iowahawkblog said, “Here’s an idea: instead of just unions, Obama donors, and Congress, exempt EVERYBODY from Obamacare.” Couldn’t agree more.

I suppose I cannot really blame any Republicans here—they didn’t want the monstrosity in the first place, did what they could to stop it, and got absolutely steamrolled through procedural gimmickry. If they can rescue anyone from the huge train wreck they almost have an obligation to do so.

And, come to think of it, one sure way to sour the public on Obamacare even more is by executing a maneuver as distasteful and disgustingly yellow as this. It’ll probably result in a few Republicans going down, but far more Dems since it is their law. They own it. It is their unruly, menacing, spoiled rotten child entirely, without reserve, without joint custody, without weekend supervised visitation rights, even.

It’s a poison pill, then?

I don’t think I can give the GOP leadership credit for being that clever.

But there you have it: we have an aristocracy in this country, fellow subjects. That which is good enough for us simply will not do for them.

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Tom Crowe is a cradle Catholic with a deep love for and commitment to Holy Mother the Church, colored by a rather interesting life-long relationship with her. Born during the great liturgical upheaval of the 1970s, Crowe was brought up in a parish that continued using the Missal of 1962—the Traditional Latin Mass—for which he developed a love. Crowe learned the faith as a child from the Baltimore Catechism, and didn’t stop learning and wrestling with the Church’s teachings at his Confirmation. Through reading and many conversations with friends and converts far smarter than he, Crowe came to know, accept, and love the Church and what she proposes far more intimately. For three years these conversation took place in seminary before Crowe, with the blessing of the formation team, determined that seminary was not right for him. In the wild and humorous ways of God, Crowe landed on his feet in Steubenville, Ohio, where he manages the online presence for Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he also trains altar servers and is the head master of ceremonies for the Mass in the Extraordinary Form on campus.

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