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Of Course Democrats Lie About Their Obamacare Privileges

Mark Pryor
Principled limited government constitutional conservative Congressman Tom Cotton is taking on Arkansas’ liberal Democratic Senator Mark Pryor and already the race is getting hot.

Cotton, whom we endorsed in his GOP primary for Congress, has been pounding Pryor for voting to keep the special treatment Congress and other government employees get under Obamacare.

You can see Cotton’s latest ad, “Good for the Gander,” through this link.

Naturally, Pryor’s first response was not to try to justify his special treatment, but to blow smoke and say Congress gets no special Obamacare treatment.

Pryor’s whining got some support from liberal “fact checker” Politifact, but it has been eviscerated by Jason Tolbert from Talk Business Arkansas, who will actually get to vote in the Cotton – Pryor election.

In his article Tolbert reminds us that the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010 without a vote to spare and even a bit of creative parliamentary maneuvering.  

And that both the plain language and legislative intent of this law is to specifically require members of Congress and their staffs to have to buy insurance in the exchange. Democrats – Sen. Pryor included – accepted this concession in order to get the law passed and even used this as a talking point at the time to try to sell it to the American people.

Fast forward, says Tolbert, to 2013 when ObamaCare is less theoretical in terms of talking points and more reality of what is actually going to happen.

“All of a sudden, Congress does not think this requirement is such a great idea, often pointing specifically to how it will be difficult on their staff members.  The point that they correctly make is that this provision treats them and their staff differently from all other federal employees which have employee-provided health insurance.

“But whether fair or not, this was a provision in the actual PPACA added as a concession to get the law narrowly passed.  Since it is nearly impossible to pass much of anything through a divided Congress right now, President Obama did what he normally does and did an end run around them with administrative rules.” (Emphasis added by CHQ)

The Office of Personnel Management created a special rule that allows the funds that were being spent on employer-provided federal health insurance to be used as a subsidy for members of Congress and their staffs to purchase health insurance through the exchanges as the PPACA requires.  This is the “special subsidy” that the ad is referring to.”

The vote that the ad refers to is Senate Roll Call 211 (September 30, 2013) which failed on a party line vote, with Pryor voting with the Democrats. His vote was against an amendment passed by the House of Representatives that would have removed this OPM provision, and for which Tom Cotton voted.

Therefore, Pryor voted to keep his special subsidy, while Tom Cotton voted to end the special subsidy for Congress.

We agree with Jason Tolbert – Is Tom Cotton’s ad hard hitting?  Absolutely. But false? Hardly.

You can read Jason Tolbert’s Talk Business Arkansas article on the Cotton – Pryor ad claims through this link.

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