This is just totally awesome. It turns out our legislative taskmasters, who are so very much smarter than we (just ask them), have painted themselves into one heck of a corner.
In a surprising turn of events, it seems Congress has managed to screw itself for a change.
Yes, the brainiacs up on Capitol Hill have managed to take away their own health coverage. According to the health care legislation, Capitol Hill staffers and members of Congress will be losing their current coverage in order to be shunted into the new "health care exchange" the legislation sets up. The problem comes because the writers of the bill neglected to put in a start date on when they are supposed to switch to the exchange. This means that the start date automatically becomes the day the bill is signed into law. Which was three weeks ago. So why is this a problem? Well, the much touted "exchanges" are not due to be implemented until 2014. A date that is specified in the bill. So the old coverage ended three weeks ago and the new coverage isn't due to be created until 2014.
Oooopsie! It just boggles the mind, doesn't it? Honestly, this administration is beginning to resemble one of those ridiculous screwball comedies of the 1930's - except this particular comedy just isn't very funnny. Granted, Pelosi plays irrational and crazy even better than Carole Lombard, but she just doesn't have even an iota of the charm and class that made Lombard's loony characters so endearing. Ruthless conniving just doesn't play well in Peoria. Harry Reid, the bumbling fool, is trying to do his part, even hilariously voting no twice on his own bill. The man is the Harpo Marx of the Senate - I keep waiting for him to pull a horn out of his pocket to honk whenever Joe Biden opens his mouth and inserts his foot. In case you were wondering, Obama is the straight man with no sense of humor who ends up with a pie in the kisser at the end of the movie. With any luck, votes will be tossing that pie come 2012.
Hopefully this little fiasco will teach them a much needed lesson. Always read the bill. Got it? Always. Read. The. Bill.
The New York Times has the quote of the day:
“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?
What? This Congress, out of touch and clueless? Nooooooo.....! How nice of the Times to finally catch up with the rest of us. Better late than never, right? \
HotAir's Allahpundit has a fun rundown of the situation. Be sure to check it out!