The law apparently bars members of Congress from the federal employees health program, on the assumption that lawmakers should join many of their constituents in getting coverage through new state-based markets known as insurance exchanges.
But the research service found that this provision was written in an imprecise, confusing way, so it is not clear when it takes effect.
The new exchanges do not have to be in operation until 2014. But because of a possible “drafting error,” the report says, Congress did not specify an effective date for the section excluding lawmakers from the existing program.
Under well-established canons of statutory interpretation, the report said, “a law takes effect on the date of its enactment” unless Congress clearly specifies otherwise. And Congress did not specify any other effective date for this part of the health care law. The law was enacted when President Obama signed it three weeks ago.
Remember when we said that if this thing is so good, that members of Congress and their staff should be subject to this as well? Well it looks like it might just actually happen!
Allahpundit thinks this will make it easier to repeal it. Maybe, maybe not. We will see. However like him, I look forward to when they said they meant to do it and getting flack from their staff over the loss of their health coverage. I hate to be a Democrat who voted for this right about now.