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(The Atlantic Wire)   Note to GOP lawmakers: nothing inspires "take a bullet for you" loyalty among your staffers quite like kicking them all out of a meeting and then discussing passing a law that would cut off their health insurance benefits   (theatlanticwire.com) divider line 154
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2013-10-01 12:35:58 PM
I'm sure the staffers will be more than willing to take whatever abuse their GOP bosses hand out to them for low pay and crappy benefits. The long hours and loss of social life are merely the price one pays to protect ones corporate masters. After all, the GOP is filled with people who arent in it for the money and will sacrifice everything for their beloved party.

Right guys? Money and benefits ain't important....those are for the commie libs!
 
2013-10-01 12:43:54 PM
GOP Congressional staffers, this would be a good time to reevaluate your life choices.
 
2013-10-01 12:52:00 PM
Thank god for Boehner, who has secretly been working with Democrats to preserve employer contributions for congressional staff's health care plans even as he decried those subsidies in public:

Boehner and Reid, however, went so far as to ask to meet with President Barack Obama to lobby him personally for help - using a cover story in order to protect the secrecy of the discussions, according to these documents.
 
2013-10-01 12:52:56 PM
If your rep belongs to the GOP, call them and ask them about their health care plan.  I did.  They told me they want to give me vouchers and then let the insurers cross state lines.

Remember when the credit card companies were suddenly allowed to cross state lines?  Interest rates went from being capped at 18%, to not being capped at all.  It was a race to the bottom.

Letting health insurers cross state lines is the worst possible thing you could do to the American people.  And that is their plan.
 
2013-10-01 12:53:11 PM

Mentat: GOP Congressional staffers, this would be a good time to reevaluate your life choices.


Nah. I'm sure the GOP staffers are more than willing to take massive pay and benefit cuts for the cause! A true republican is willing to suffer any/all hardship so that their bosses get richer. Money isn't important to the republican rank and file peons. What matters is the cause!
 
2013-10-01 12:53:46 PM
I wonder what would happen if the GOPs staffers all just up and quit.  Every one of them.

Just walk out, guys, it's only going to get worse for you.
 
2013-10-01 01:04:53 PM
Will the Vitter amendment pass?

Depends.
 
2013-10-01 01:05:59 PM

timujin: I wonder what would happen if the GOPs staffers all just up and quit.  Every one of them.

Just walk out, guys, it's only going to get worse for you.


They should form a union.
 
2013-10-01 01:12:28 PM

timujin: I wonder what would happen if the GOPs staffers all just up and quit.  Every one of them.

Just walk out, guys, it's only going to get worse for you.


I imagine that there is no job more soul-sucking than being a staffer for a GOP-smacked Member:
-you make shiat pay (if any - hello, internships!)
-you're liable to find yourself in the crosshairs when the GOP wages war on poors (unless you've got rich parents)
-you're liable to find yourself in the crosshairs when the GOP wages war on Congressional staffers' benefits
-you're liable to find yourself out of a job if you're not in an approved church every Sunday, have ever had "unclean" thoughts about Aaron Shock in the shower, possess or own any religious artifact that isn't two perpendicular lines, with the horizontal about 2/3 up the vertical (they'll take a closer look if there's a dude hanging in the way, but you better watch your asses, papists!)
-you do your boss's job for him (read/summarize bills) even though you already know the game (if a Republican proposed it, it saves you $eleventy per year and can reanimate your childhood dog, but if a Democrat proposed it, we may as well be living in Nazi Russia with all the potato famines)

Unless you're a true-believer (in which case, a GOP staffer would have something akin to Stockholm Syndrome), that's gotta eat at you from the inside, and leave you a dead-eyed husk.
 
2013-10-01 01:15:04 PM

Marcus Aurelius: If your rep belongs to the GOP, call them and ask them about their health care plan.  I did.  They told me they want to give me vouchers and then let the insurers cross state lines.

Remember when the credit card companies were suddenly allowed to cross state lines?  Interest rates went from being capped at 18%, to not being capped at all.  It was a race to the bottom.

Letting health insurers cross state lines is the worst possible thing you could do to the American people.  And that is their plan.


THANK YOU!  I have been screaming this mesage from the rooftops and glad other people are noticing as well.  the ONLY thing "allowing insurers to cross states lines" would do is set off a Race to the bottom among predatory, anti-regulation states to see who could jesttison consumer protections and insurance regulations the fastest to lure Insurance companies to re-locate there.

in 1978, nearly every state in the Union had a "usury" (loan Sharking) law on its criminal law books, and most capped the maximum legal rate of interest at 25%.  By 1982, South Dakota, which not coincidentially is where most Major Credit Card Companies now have thier headquarters, now says this:
54-3-1.1. Rate of interest set by written agreement--No maximum or usury restriction. Unless a maximum interest rate or charge is specifically established elsewhere in the code, there is no maximum interest rate or charge, or usury rate restriction between or among persons, corporations, limited liability companies, estates, fiduciaries, associations, or any other entities if they establish the interest rate or charge by written agreement. A written agreement includes the contract created by § 54-11-9.
Source: SL 1982,


So in SD the kind of interest rates and laons that used to get magia bosses locked up became suddenly perfectly legal and corporation were free to exploit people however they wanted as long as they put it in writing

Want that happening to your healthcare benefits? Vote Republican
 
2013-10-01 01:28:48 PM

Magorn: So in SD the kind of interest rates and laons that used to get magia bosses locked up became suddenly perfectly legal and corporation were free to exploit people however they wanted as long as they put it in writing

Want that happening to your healthcare benefits? Vote Republican


Any reason we can't break those borders while keeping the federal standard as the baseline? You know, like a California company could make a higher baseline for what services MUST be covered by premia, but one in SD couldn't opt-out of covering (e.g.) well-visits with premia.

That way, there's no race to the bottom - more like a race FROM the bottom (because every state is pretty much starting in the same place).
 
2013-10-01 01:30:03 PM
I wouldn't send my staffers out for coffee if I were a Republican Congressperson this week.
 
2013-10-01 01:35:38 PM
Karma?
 
2013-10-01 01:39:29 PM

Marcus Aurelius: If your rep belongs to the GOP, call them and ask them about their health care plan.  I did.  They told me they want to give me vouchers and then let the insurers cross state lines.



Like what we're getting under Obamacare.

If this whole thing going on in DC didn't impact millions of lives, I'd say this was the best example of low-brow comedy since the Three Stooges.
 
2013-10-01 01:40:54 PM

nmrsnr: I wouldn't send my staffers out for coffee if I were a Republican Congressperson this week.


I'd also wouldn't eat any food from opened containers or stand near any open elevator shafts....
 
2013-10-01 01:43:21 PM
Go Galt, staffers.
 
2013-10-01 01:43:58 PM
Has anyone checked out the Twitter account of Rep. Steve Stockman's Chief of Staff? You know, the guy who bragged that he shopped for a SNAP card's worth groceries at the Dollar Tree and had money left over...until he actually tried to live on them?
 
2013-10-01 01:46:05 PM
First they raped the pages, now they want to rape the staffers. Nice.
 
2013-10-01 01:53:58 PM

Mentat: GOP Congressional staffers, this would be a good time to reevaluate your life choices.


And by reevaluate your life choices, we mean storm into your boss's office, wreck his things, and whip him through the streets until he howls in agony.

Then come sit down with us for some tea and we can talk like rational people about how to fix this mess.
 
2013-10-01 01:55:56 PM
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2013-10-01 01:56:34 PM

xanadian: Like what we're getting under Obamacare


Um, nooo, actually, the exchanges are being run at state level.  The Feds will step in if a state goes full retard, but there is no selling of insurance across state lines.
 
2013-10-01 02:00:27 PM
These guys are on a roll...
 
2013-10-01 02:02:28 PM

Weaver95: nmrsnr: I wouldn't send my staffers out for coffee if I were a Republican Congressperson this week.

I'd also wouldn't eat any food from opened containers or stand near any open elevator shafts....


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2013-10-01 02:02:31 PM

rogue49: These guys are on a roll...


Yeah but it's refreshing to see the GOP leadership openly embrace their core value of limitless amoral greed. There's a certain purity in this sort of effort.
 
2013-10-01 02:03:31 PM

Marcus Aurelius: xanadian: Like what we're getting under Obamacare

Um, nooo, actually, the exchanges are being run at state level.  The Feds will step in if a state goes full retard, but there is no selling of insurance across state lines.


However, the exercise of watching companies either agree to not be completely evil in order to be on the exchanges or refuse to not be evil and rape their customers on the ... other market... is enlightening.

It's also finally teaching people that there aren't actually a thousand insurance companies in America, but like... 5.  Somehow, we were convinced that BCBS Maryland and BCBS Delaware were actually different companies.  People seem surprised to be hearing the same names over and over in the "we're not so evil" column and another set of consistent names in the "nope, totally evil" column.  This is a good little training period for a lot of Americans, in particular those who have worked for their entire adult lives and had whatever insurance they offered.

A tremendous number of us have never shopped around for insurance.  And we're supposed to accept that this was a "free market" environment.
 
2013-10-01 02:04:16 PM
Staffers are part of the problem.
They should have to pay like the rest of us.
 
2013-10-01 02:04:42 PM

nmrsnr: I wouldn't send my staffers out for coffee if I were a Republican Congressperson this week.


Or a wedding.
 
2013-10-01 02:05:41 PM

rogue49: These guys are on a roll...


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2013-10-01 02:05:48 PM

xanadian: Like what we're getting under Obamacare.


Nope, try again.
 
2013-10-01 02:06:04 PM

BeesNuts: A tremendous number of us have never shopped around for insurance.


Sure we have. It's just that until today, we called it "job hunting".
 
2013-10-01 02:06:44 PM
ObamaCare is very similar to the Cash for Clunkers scam: A huge boon to banks writing car loans.
ObamaCare is a huge gift to the insurance industry, a profit plan on a scale unimaginable to the ordinary mind.

The looting of America continues.
 
2013-10-01 02:07:11 PM

CygnusDarius: nmrsnr: I wouldn't send my staffers out for coffee if I were a Republican Congressperson this week.

Or a wedding.


Tea would also be a bad idea.
 
2013-10-01 02:07:14 PM
Hey, where are all our GOP shills? They should be thrilled by this story.
 
2013-10-01 02:07:49 PM

Car_Ramrod: Thank god for Boehner, who has secretly been working with Democrats to preserve employer contributions for congressional staff's health care plans even as he decried those subsidies in public:

Boehner and Reid, however, went so far as to ask to meet with President Barack Obama to lobby him personally for help - using a cover story in order to protect the secrecy of the discussions, according to these documents.


I actually kind of feel bad for Boehner.  He doesn't strike me as comically evil like his colleagues, and he is essentially the public face of the tea party, despite having no control over them.  I think without the Tea Party he would make a really good opposition majority leader.
 
2013-10-01 02:08:22 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: ObamaCare is very similar to the Cash for Clunkers scam: A huge boon to banks writing car loans.
ObamaCare is a huge gift to the insurance industry, a profit plan on a scale unimaginable to the ordinary mind.

The looting of America continues.


Yes, but it's still better than the tooling we were getting before.
 
2013-10-01 02:08:54 PM

Evil Twin Skippy: CygnusDarius: nmrsnr: I wouldn't send my staffers out for coffee if I were a Republican Congressperson this week.

Or a wedding.

Tea would also be a bad idea.


Any social gathering would be a bad idea in the next weeks.
 
2013-10-01 02:08:55 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: ObamaCare is very similar to the Cash for Clunkers scam: A huge boon to banks writing car loans.
ObamaCare is a huge gift to the insurance industry, a profit plan on a scale unimaginable to the ordinary mind.

The looting of America continues.


Not fair.  Look how hard Obama fought for the public option!
 
2013-10-01 02:09:29 PM
Fark It:
I actually kind of feel bad for Boehner.  He doesn't strike me as comically evil like his colleagues, and he is essentially the public face of the tea party, despite having no control over them.  I think without the Tea Party he would make a really good opposition majority leader.

And without an iceberg, the Titanic would be a superbly seaworthy craft.
 
2013-10-01 02:10:34 PM

Evil Twin Skippy: HotIgneous Intruder: ObamaCare is very similar to the Cash for Clunkers scam: A huge boon to banks writing car loans.
ObamaCare is a huge gift to the insurance industry, a profit plan on a scale unimaginable to the ordinary mind.

The looting of America continues.

Yes, but it's still better than the tooling we were getting before.


And invites us to question why the GOP would be willing to shut down the government over it.  It's a mandated subsidy for insurance companies, paid for by the people.
 
2013-10-01 02:11:07 PM
So... does anyone know how strict are the double-dipping/conflict-of-interest rules for staffers?

Could various thinktanks hire the ones who need help (don't have a spouse's policy to sponge on) for a nominal 10 hours a week of minimum wage work but sponsor their insurance?  Cato sponsors a few staffers, Heritage sponsors a few, the NRA... that sort of thing. AFL-CIO or DFA for the Dems.

Not saying the idea is a good one at all... but is that possible?
 
2013-10-01 02:11:15 PM
Well it isn't like keeping them in the meeting would have been productive to getting the benefits cut.
 
2013-10-01 02:11:41 PM

CygnusDarius: Evil Twin Skippy: CygnusDarius: nmrsnr: I wouldn't send my staffers out for coffee if I were a Republican Congressperson this week.

Or a wedding.

Tea would also be a bad idea.

Any social gathering would be a bad idea in the next weeks.


Weeks? Oh no. Have you ever heard the ancient Klingon proverb, "Revenge is a dish best served cold?"
 
2013-10-01 02:12:32 PM
HotIgneous Intruder:
ObamaCare is very similar to the Cash for Clunkers scam: A huge boon to banks writing car loans.
ObamaCare is a huge gift to the insurance industry, a profit plan on a scale unimaginable to the ordinary mind.

ObamaCare is a huge, festering pustule on the testicles of the country
ObamaCare is the destroyer of worlds.
ObamaCare is the "Q" in your Scrabble tray.
ObamaCare is just like the Holocaust, and Ted Cruz is playing Anne Frank.
ObamaCare is a huge leg that just can't stop kicking puppies and kittens.
ObamaCare is... something I really don't have the slightest idea about, but all the boogity monsters are ginning it up, so I might as well talk negatively about something which is completely foreign to me.
 
2013-10-01 02:12:34 PM

roddack: Well it isn't like keeping them in the meeting would have been productive to getting the benefits cut.


All that whining, crying and bleeding does tend to slow down the meetings quite a bit.
 
2013-10-01 02:13:04 PM

Marcus Aurelius: xanadian: Like what we're getting under Obamacare

Um, nooo, actually, the exchanges are being run at state level.  The Feds will step in if a state goes full retard, but there is no selling of insurance across state lines.


Oh...I just re-read the wikipedia article.  It seems most states are part of the *federal* exchange; but the exchanges--either federal or state--seem to be more like managers of different plans, and not necessarily where insurance is sold across state lines.

Huh.
 
2013-10-01 02:13:14 PM

Fark It: I actually kind of feel bad for Boehner.  He doesn't strike me as comically evil like his colleagues, and he is essentially the public face of the tea party, despite having no control over them.  I think without the Tea Party he would make a really good opposition majority leader.


Sometimes I get a little bit of this feeling, but then he goes and does something like last night and the feeling passes. He could have ended this stupidity, but chose partisanship over good governance.
 
2013-10-01 02:14:03 PM
Diogenes:
And invites us to question why the GOP would be willing to shut down the government over it.  It's a mandated subsidy for insurance companies, paid for by the people.

The only conclusion I come to is "hey there's a black man in the oval office!" They failed to make him a one term president. The best they can do is torpedo his landmark legislation. And lacking any realistic means to do so, they are resorting to something more fitting of a Bond villain.
 
2013-10-01 02:14:13 PM

Fark It: Car_Ramrod: Thank god for Boehner, who has secretly been working with Democrats to preserve employer contributions for congressional staff's health care plans even as he decried those subsidies in public:

Boehner and Reid, however, went so far as to ask to meet with President Barack Obama to lobby him personally for help - using a cover story in order to protect the secrecy of the discussions, according to these documents.

I actually kind of feel bad for Boehner.  He doesn't strike me as comically evil like his colleagues, and he is essentially the public face of the tea party, despite having no control over them.  I think without the Tea Party he would make a really good opposition majority leader.



I disagree, if only because he is beholden to those interests regardless. He is a coward -- he refuses to stand up to those elements. If not the tea party, it would be some other group making all the noise, and he has proven time and again that he does not have the ability to put them in their place.
 
2013-10-01 02:14:16 PM
Only tangentially related: I just called Boehner's office to voice my displeasure, and his phone menu actually asks if you want to hear about "The President's Sequester".

Yea. That's what he's decided to call it officially.

He's the worst.
 
2013-10-01 02:15:34 PM

Weaver95: Mentat: GOP Congressional staffers, this would be a good time to reevaluate your life choices.

Nah. I'm sure the GOP staffers are more than willing to take massive pay and benefit cuts for the cause! A true republican is willing to suffer any/all hardship so that their bosses get richer. Money isn't important to the republican rank and file peons. What matters is the cause!


I read that as "anal hardships" which, being GOP staffers, still seemed appropriate.
 
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