So the House once again voted to delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act for a year (presumably on the theory that a unicorn will arise and kill it before it comes up for activation then) and strip Congress and its staff from receiving any subsidies they might be eligible for to help pay for their participation in the health care program.
Republicans fumed that the portion of the law grants “special treatment” to Congress. It has become a rallying cry among conservatives, but the reality is less simple. Members and staff are required to drop their existing government plans and buy insurance on the Obamacare exchanges, and the health care law provides them subsidies up to a point — as it provides others who buy from the marketplaces. The GOP amendment would essentially strip them of their employer contribution.
Jeebus, cut off your noses to spite your face, why doncha?
They are zealots who’ve forgotten common sense. There is no other term for them. The President is not going to sign into law a measure which delays or destroys his signature domestic achievement. A Democratically-held Senate is not going to pass a measure which does that. They know this, but they don’t care. They’ve tilted into insanity.