Health Care Reform Oopsies!

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I have the biggest smile on my face right now.

The heath care reform bill Congress was so demanding that everybody like, and that would guarantee better health care,… er, I mean mean cheaper health care… er, more health coverage for all, turns out, may have a nasty unintended side effect; those same Congressmen and Senators, and their staffs, may lose their own Cadillac health plans. Now before someone accuses me of using Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh as a source, this comes from non other than the New York Times!

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 law apparently bars members of Congress from the federal employees health program, on the assumption that lawmakers should join many of their constituents in getting coverage through new state-based markets known as insurance exchanges.

But the research service found that this provision was written in an imprecise, confusing way, so it is not clear when it takes effect.

The new exchanges do not have to be in operation until 2014. But because of a possible “drafting error,” the report says, Congress did not specify an effective date for the section excluding lawmakers from the existing program.

Here is my favorite quote:

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?

Some Random Squeeze

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Wow, I didn’t realize Dennis Quaid’s career had fallen so… low.

More Global Warming Hysteria

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A headline from MSNBC:

100 places to remember before they disappear
Newsweek gallery: Global warming could drastically change many places around the globe, from Sudan to the Alps to Chicago.

Here’s the screen save.

Finally, Chicago will be wiped off the map and we won’t have to deal with the crappy politicians any more!