Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Finding Out What's In The Bill

Prior to the passage of ObamaCare, House Speaker Pelosi famously declared, "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it".

According to the April 12, 2010 New York Times, Congress is also finding out what's in the bill. Here's an excerpt from "Baffled by Health Plan? So Are Some Lawmakers":
In a new report, the Congressional Research Service says the law may have significant unintended consequences for the "personal health insurance coverage" of senators, representatives and their staff members.

For example, it says, the law may "remove members of Congress and Congressional staff" from their current coverage, in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, before any alternatives are available.

The confusion raises the inevitable question: If they did not know exactly what they were doing to themselves, did lawmakers who wrote and passed the bill fully grasp the details of how it would influence the lives of other Americans?
(Read the full text of "Baffled by Health Plan? So Are Some Lawmakers".)

It's almost as if Congress hastily rammed this bill through for bad political reasons, without really thinking about the consequences of their actions!