The irony, it goes to 11

ObamaCare may have accidentally stripped Congress of health coverage.

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.


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.

In other words, theoretically the law kicks them out of the federal health plan now in order to force them to join insurance exchanges … that don’t exist yet.

The money quote?

I’d call it comedy gold if not for the obvious point raised by the Times: “If they did not know exactly what they were doing to themselves, did lawmakers who wrote and passed the bill fully grasp the details of how it would influence the lives of other Americans?”

Um… No. The question is, how can they claim to represent the best interests of their constituents if they don’t even know what the laws they’re voting on do?

Every member of Congress who voted for this insanity should be recalled for negligence and dereliction of duty. I wouldn’t mind seeing criminal charges, too, but I doubt most states (if any) have laws that would allow that.

(h/t Wolfwalker in a comment at MArooned)

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