In a perfect example of Progressive thinking, Sen. Dick Durbin (P-IL), has taken issue with the idea of lawmakers and congressional staff having to be subjected to the mandates of Affordable Care Act, a.k.a., Obamacare. As people like Durbin, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid throw around rhetoric like "hostage," "extortion," "legislative arson," etc., they are - at the very same time - carving out incredible perks for themselves and their staffs, paid for them on the backs of the taxpayers, while creating a super-privileged class.
Since the US Supreme Court, under the direction of SCOTUS Chief Justice John Roberts, over-stepped their function in literally re-framing the law as a tax -- even as Progressive lawmakers debating the law stated without doubt that is was not a tax, it is fair to assume that this "tax" is covered by the authority of Article I, Section 8, of the US Constitution, which mandates all taxes, "... shall be uniform throughout the United States."
"The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;..."
Before the rhetorically challenged chime in, an "impost" is, by definition, a "tax." But I am getting off track on the issue of tax inequity...
In attempting to create - or, to be more accurate, further the privilege of the elitist political class, Mr. Durbin has suggested that government be treated on an even plane at the private sector.
The Washington Times reports:
"'If Obamacare is going to force Americans all over this country to lose their employer-provided health insurance, be forced onto the exchange with no subsidies, then the men and women who serve in this body should feel that pain exactly the same,' said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who on Tuesday staged a filibuster to block the chamber floor and draw attention to his fight to defund the health law.
"Sen. Richard J. Durbin (P-IL), though, said if members of Congress lost their taxpayer subsidies for health insurance, would Mr. Cruz want all workers to be stripped of support from their companies.
"'You better think twice about this. If you want to stop the employer contribution to health insurance, that is the headline for tomorrow,' Mr. Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the chamber, said."
When Sen. "Dickie" Durbin (P-IL), took to the floor during Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX), elongated floor speech to advance this ridiculous notion, he tried to slough off the underwriting of Congress's health insurance, making a subsidy of 72% sound like Congressmen and their staffs were shouldering some sort of burden. Then he equated it to what large corporations do for their employees.
Note to Mr. Durbin: Corporations make profits out of which they pay for the benefits they provide their employees, or at least they used to before Obamacare, which is making them abandon their employees.
The Federal Government doesn't make a product by which to create a "profit." Government "profits" are taxes extracted from taxpayers. So, because government doesn't create profits they can't use those profits to pay for your health insurance benefits, or those of your staffs.
That said, there should be no federal health insurance benefits with the advent of Obamacare. All federal - all - should be in the Obamacare exchanges; each and every federal employee - union or not, regardless of branch - should be forced onto the exchanges.
Suddenly Obamacare doesn't sound so hot, eh, Mr. Durbin?