Washington Exempts Itself From Obamacare, Airport "Sequester" Delays

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The uncomfortable effects of government actions are being felt everywhere.

Obamacare concerns are, anecdotally, delaying hiring, causing firms to change benefits for the people, and increasing taxes on the great majority.

On the other hand, in the context of the "sequester", which is merely a slowdown in the breakneck rate of government spending, anyone who has traveled by plane in the last month knows the full court press efforts under way to ensure the American public knows just how 'devastating' the sequester cuts are - with delays rising exponentially with every dollar removed from the FAA budget.

But there is a group on 'Americans' who are not feeling the pain of Obamacare or Airport delays. This group of people remains comfortably unaware of the reality that is being passed on the rest of the US citizenry.

As Politico reports, 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 Obamacare; and as the Washington Times reports, the chief of the FAA told Congress today that Washington-area airports will largely escape the effects of the air traffic controller furloughs.

It truly is good to be king, alternatively Americans are equal, except those who are excempt from all the rules and regulations of America - they are just a little more equal.

Via Politico,

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.

 

The talks ... are extraordinarily sensitive, with both sides acutely aware of the potential for political fallout from giving carve-outs from the hugely controversial law to 535 lawmakers and thousands of their aides. Discussions have stretched out for months

 

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“Everyone has to hold hands on this and jump, or nothing is going to get done.”

 

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When asked about the high-level bipartisan talks, Michael Steel, a Boehner spokesman, said: “The speaker’s objective is to spare the entire country from the ravages of the president’s health care law. He is approached daily by American citizens, including members of Congress and staff, who want to be freed from its mandates. If the speaker has the opportunity to save anyone from Obamacare, he will.”

Via The Washington Times,

The chief of the FAA told Congress today that Washington-area airports will largely escape the effects of the air traffic controller furloughs — a blessing for lawmakers who fly out of the nation’s capitol.

 

Michael Huerta, head of the Federal Aviation Administration, told a congressional panel that the Washington region’s airports are spaced out enough and have enough spare capacity that furloughs to air traffic controllers won’t hurt as much here.