FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
Are you a brave Republican Congressional staffer?
Because if you are, you have a destiny.
Congress may be fined tens of millions of dollars a year under its own health-care law, in part because the bill dumps members of Congress and their staffs from their current health-care plans.
Before Congress incurs any fines, a complex series of events would be required to happen under the law. Generally speaking, an lower-tier aide — one not making a six-figure salary like some 2,000 House employees — would have to apply for government subsidies. The way the law works is that employers incur a $2,000 or $3,000 fine for each employee, depending on the circumstances, if only one of their employees obtains the subsidies.
So one lowly staff assistant could think he’s just getting some health-care help, while actually triggering a $50 million annual fine for Congress.
Embrace your destiny. Start the ball rolling. Force the Obama administration to demonstrate – once again – that their slipshod and slapdash approach to legislation requires constant intervention to keep even themselves from the consequences of their actions. Here is your monkey-wrench. There is some exposed machinery.
You know what you need to do.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.