Why congressional staffers are screwed

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Ezra Klein digs a little deeper into how Congress broke the rules in order to force itself onto the health care exchanges and then failed to “create new rules for how the program should work for them.”

“If they go all the way in repealing the Grassley amendment, their relationship with the law will be exactly the same as anyone else who works for a large employer — it’ll be how the law is supposed to work… But as it stands now, Obamacare creates problems for Congress that it doesn’t create for any other large employer.”

“That said, Congress might just have to tough this one out. A core part of the Republican strategy on Obamacare… is to try to botch implementation by holding up the funds needed to make it work, fighting the health plan in the states and refusing to pass legislation fixing whatever drafting problems or real-world issues present themselves during the early days of the law… They want to burn down the health-care system to save it. But this time, their own insurance is going to get caught in the blaze.”

Via The Political Wire.

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