Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Crystal-Clear ObamaCare Mess

Apparently, Members of Congress and their staffers will NOT be covered by health insurance.

Right now. Immediately.

Or something.


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.

Under well-established canons of statutory interpretation, the report said, “a law takes effect on the date of its enactment”
unless Congress clearly specifies otherwise. And Congress did not specify any other effective date for this part of the health care law.

Well. It's no wonder that Jay is mis-interpreting the "IRS Agents" part of the law.

HT: Grim

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