Many of us can remember as a kid having our parents or a doctor tell us to take that horrible-tasting medicine, promising it was good for us. To encourage us, they would even take a spoonful themselves.
Since the president signed it into law three years ago, the Obama administration has been trying to force feed the widely unpopular Affordable Health Care Act known as Obamacare down the throats of the American people. But while they've been preaching to the masses, more cracks are developing in the law almost daily.
When trying to force Obamacare on the people, administration staffers, Democratic lawmakers and union leaders have been seeking exemptions to opt out. That makes the 20,000-page disaster, which will consume one-sixth of the U.S. economy, smell really bad.
The health care packages currently provided to Congress and their staff, which taxpayers pay for by the way, are so generous that lawmakers want to keep their insurance. So what's good for the American people isn't quite good enough for the elected officials who initiated the massive government-run program. The opposition to Obamacare is so strong among staffers that some have threatened to quit rather than being forced into the Obamacare health exchanges.
This hypocrisy also includes bureaucrats at the IRS, the embattled agency assigned to enforce us to live under Obamacare. Even acting IRS chief Danny Werfel said during a House Ways and Means Committee hearing that he'd rather not get his own health insurance from the system created by the health care overhaul. That brought a quick reaction from Republicans.
"Count the head of the IRS among the growing list of folks that includes Big Labor and the law's chief architect who are deeply skeptical of the president's signature achievement and don't want any part of it," said Texas Sen. John Cornyn. "No American - even the head of the IRS - should be subjected to ObamaCare."
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp offered a bill in response to reports that would exempt lawmakers and their staff from Obamacare.
Camp spokeswoman Allie Walker made the statement that should concern all citizens: "If the Obamacare exchanges are good enough for the hardworking Americans and small businesses the law claims to help, then they should be good enough for the president, vice president, Congress and federal employees."
Many Republicans on summer break are now hearing it from their constituents. It is also becoming a key issue in Republican campaigns. In a recent fund raising letter, Mark Greenberg, a GOP candidate for Congress in Connecticut's 5th District said, "Congress and Rep. Elizabeth Esty (his Democratic opponent) have just been given an exemption from Obamacare. Are you as upset as I am?"
Many Americans can answer yes to that.
By Jim Zbick