A question for President Obama or Jay Carney

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Below is a question that I would really like answered by President Obama. If you agree that he should answer this question please share this and maybe it will get to one of the reporters that gets to question the President’s Secretary Jay Carney:

Did President Obama thoroughly read the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) prior to signing it into law?

I understand that he had meetings and spoke with Democratic lawmakers as this bill was put together (no Republicans were used in the designing, writing, or passing of this bill/law) but once it was complete and it passed the House and Senate, did the President actually take the time to read it before he signed it?

If so, did he not understand the bill? Is this why it appears that he lied to the American people about being able to keep our existing insurance, our existing doctors, etc. ? If he did not understand the bill shouldn’t we repeal it and come up with something that the President and the lawmakers actually understand?

If the President did understand the bill, then why did he lie to the American people?

Some Republicans obviously read the bill prior to it becoming a law. I saw a video clip recently of John Boehner from back in 2009 or 2010 specifically stating that other lawmakers (that were saying that Americans could keep their existing insurance) had either not read the bill or not understood it because Mr Boehner had read it, and he pointed out that the bill would force insurance companies to drop existing policies for millions of Americans.

So, we now know that the economists, financial analysts , experts, and Republicans that actually read the Affordable Care Act were correct. This means that the Democrats were wrong. The only question to be answered is did the Democrats not understand the law that they were creating or did they just lie to the American people, repeatedly, for the last handful of years?

Democrat’s Changing Their Tune

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I live in Louisiana and recently sent a letter to Senator Mary Landrieu asking her to reconsider her position on Obamacare. Below is her first reply:
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Mary Landrieu

I understand your frustration with reports that Members of Congress and their staff are receiving an “exemption or “special subsidy” through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). I hope I can shed some light on the Office of Personnel and Management’s (OPM) recent proposed rule regarding health insurance coverage for Members of Congress and their staff.

As you may know, the Affordable Care Act establishes new health insurance marketplaces called exchanges in every state where individuals without employer coverage and small businesses can shop for comprehensive, affordable health insurance beginning October 1, 2013. Members of Congress and their staff, who are employed by the federal government, are explicitly required to participate in the marketplace and will have the same choices offered to individuals and small businesses. This was a provision of the ACA that I voted for. As a result, on January 1, 2014, my staff and I will be covered by health insurance we obtain through the ACA’s marketplace.

The proposed rule you mentioned in your correspondence only clarified that the federal government, as an employer, can continue to make an employer contribution toward the cost of premiums. This means Members of Congress and their staff will continue to be responsible for paying their premiums in excess of the government’s share. For decades, many other public and private employers, including the State of Louisiana, have offered employee contributions as a benefit to attract and retain quality employees. In fact, the State of Louisiana’s employer contribution is approximately 75 percent for an individual and 65 percent for a family, which is in line with the federal government’s contribution, which is between 72 and 75 percent. In addition, in the private sector, for companies that employ more than 200 people, the national average for employer contributions is 83 percent for an individual and 78 percent for a family. This recent ruling by the Office of Personnel Management clarified that the federal government can participate in the marketplaces just like other employers that choose to obtain group coverage.

I hope I have cleared up that what Senator Vitter and others have mischaracterized as a “subsidy” or “exemption” is actually a continuation of the standard employer contribution benefit paid to U.S. government employees. The ACA will provide all Americans access to greater choice of higher quality health insurance, which will be there when you need it and include consumer protections such as no denials for pre-existing conditions, no lifetime or annual caps on coverage, and preventive care without out-of-pocket costs. That is why I voted for it and will continue to work to improve our health care system.

With kindest regards, I am

Sincerely,

Signature

Mary Landrieu
United States Senator
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I then contacted Senator David Vitter and sent a copy of Senator Landrieu’s reply to my request. Below is what Senator Vitter replied to me:
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DVitterOfficial

Thank you for contacting my office regarding the Washington exemption from Obamacare and Senator Landrieu’s response letter to you stating unequivocally that no such special treatment for Congress exists.

Senator Landrieu is trying to mislead you, to put it kindly. Others might say she is lying. As you have no doubt read, President Obama recently issued a special rule for Congress only. Under it, members of Congress and congressional staff will get a special subsidy to purchase health insurance on the Obamacare Exchange unavailable to every other American at similar income levels. That special subsidy is worth approximately $11,000 per family.

This is completely contrary to the letter and intent of the statutory language of Obamacare, which makes no provision for any special congressional subsidy. No where in the law or in the administration’s implementing regulations, does it allow private employers to contribute to their workers’ insurance on Obamacare’s individual exchange. In fact, the Treasury Department released guidance this week warning employers all of the ways they could not help their employees purchase insurance of the Obamacare exchange.

To block this illegal rule, I’m fighting for my “No Washington Exemption From Obamacare” bill. I feel strongly that the sooner Washington lives by the same provisions that it imposes on all other Americans – including millions who are being forced to go to the Exchange against their will – the sooner Washington will start fixing what is so obviously broken. I hope this clears up any confusion.
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Now, for my question to you dear reader…which Senator is telling the whole truth and which is not?

Also, since this correspondence between me and the Senators, Senator Landrieu seems to have had a change of heart regarding Obamacare and has now introduced a bill on the Senate floor to allow Americans to keep their current insurance even if it does not meet the new standards. I assume that Ms. Landrieu either did not read the Affordable Care Act when she voted for it (and hence when she was telling everyone that Americans could keep their existing insurance policies she was just ignorant of what is in the bill), or she did not understand the bill and just voted for it to be a good Democrat, or she did know that people would lose their existing insurance and lied anyway thinking that she could just get away with it. In any of these cases, shame on her.

Helen Keller and her beloved cat mittens

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Hellen Keller

Only Obama would create a website that is slower than the post office

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The Salute Seen Around The World

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U.S. Army Ranger Cpl. Josh Hargis was lying on a hospital bed in Afghanistan, hooked up to a breathing tube with his right hand heavily bandaged when he saluted his commanding officer while receiving a Purple Heart.

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