ObamaCare has become big business for an elite network of Washington lobbyists and consultants who helped shape the law from the inside…
Ultimately, the clients are after one thing: expert help in dealing with the most sweeping overhaul of the country’s healthcare system in decades.
So, they write a bill that they’ll get paid to explain:
“This is not a do-it-yourself project; it’s complicated,” said Adler. “They need help from insiders to help navigate this thing correctly.”
“After passage of major legislation, those who have networks on Capitol Hill take exceedingly lucrative jobs with the same industries subject to the legislation,” said Craig Holman, a lobbyist for Public Citizen. “It raises questions about the [bill’s] integrity.”
Former politicians are making money on it:
It’s not just ex-staffers who are becoming trusted ObamaCare guides — former members of Congress are lobbying on the law as well.
Former Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) joined Alston & Bird in 2011 after dealing with healthcare and tax issues as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.
In some cases, there seems to be a bit of underhandedness:
Former senior counsel to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Dora Hughes, became a senior policy advisor at the law firm Sidley Austin last year.
Hughes is not a registered lobbyist, and told The Hill she mainly provides “strategic policy advice” while abiding by the ethics pledge not to lobby the administration.
This will be an ongoing source of income for these carpetbaggers:
The healthcare law has generated steady work — a trend that is likely to continue for years to come.
That’s because ObamaCare runs on a long timeline, well into the next administration. Unless the law is severely crippled, the reform’s rules and requirements will be rolling out through at least 2020.
That’s good news for lobbyists who want to sign up clients for the long haul.
It’s worse than disgusting. Not only do the architects of this horrendous law not have to live with it, but they’ll become rich off of it while the rest of us will get higher health insurance rates and eventual government-run healthcare. What a picnic. If it’s so great, why don’t they want it for themselves and their staff?
According to inquisitr.com:
For Obamacare, Congress exempted themselves from the Affordable Care Act in a deal arranged by President Obama…
Although there is a clause in the bill that stipulates:
Congress members, and all government workers under the Office of Personnel Management, must be covered by healthcare plans created by Obamacare or through state exchanges.
This Obamacare stipulation would cause the premium payments of all government workers to skyrocket by thousands of dollars per year, not just members of Congress.
According to this article, U.S. taxpayers subsidize almost 75% of D.C. government workers’ premiums.
Therefore, they tell us, since taxpayers would have to pick up the larger tab for the workers to be part of the wonderful “Affordable Care Act”, it’s in the best interest of the public that Congress and other D.C. workers stay with their old plans.
In fact, that may be a good idea because those of us in the private sector will be spending our hard-earned money on the much higher rates for our own health insurance (or get fined for not having coverage). On the other hand, our taxes will probably go up anyway. Make them follow their own law and force them into Obamacare!
Can someone please wake me from this nightmare?
By the way, a “premium” used to refer to a “prize” or “award”. It was a bonus, a good thing. The word’s been hijacked to make us feel better about having to pay for health insurance, a relatively recent scheme we’ve been coerced into. People used to just pay their doctors for service and it was affordable, unlike most current health insurance and Obamacare.