This is maddening beyond words. Though many were writing and suggesting this was the case over a year ago, documents have now surfaced thanks to Judicial Watch that prove Barack Obama’s Office of Personnel Management (the agency that handles benefits to Congress and their staffs) intentionally manipulated and falsified documents to ensure that these federal workers in D.C. could be exempt from the mandates of Obamacare that they forced upon all other Americans.
The enactment of the deceptively-named Affordable Care Act necessarily tossed our “civil servants” in D.C. out of the luxury Federal Employee Health Benefits Program they had been used to, and forced them to sign up in one of the new Obamacare insurance exchanges.
But while Obama and the Congress were toasting one another and telling the American people how great these new healthcare exchanges were going to be, they were not about to suffer through having to utilize them personally. The exchanges were good enough for you, but not for them.
So both President Obama and Congressional leaders went to work pressuring the OPM to allow the House and Senate to join the D.C. “Small Business Health Options Program” rather than be forced to abide by the rules they’d set for the American people.
But wait a minute, you say. The House and Senate aren’t exactly “small businesses.” You are exactly right. Collectively the House and Senate employ several thousand people. So since Obamacare stipulates that any employer with more than 50 employees could not participate in these “small business” exchanges, how did Obama’s OPM get away with this? They lied. They falsified documents. They cheated in order to exempt themselves from having to abide by the onerous regulations they were imposing on the masses.
Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act request of Judicial Watch, we can now see the documents with our own eyes.
“Employer name: US House of Representatives; Doing business as: STAFF US House of Representatives; Employer Type: State/Local government; Number of Full-Time Equivalents in Prior Calendar Year: 45.”
45. They said they had 45 full time employees. They have thousands. The Senate did the same thing.
Notice at the end of each of these forms there is the following statement before the signature line: “I attest that I employ 50 or fewer full time equivalent employees.” That is a blatantly untrue statement.
Each of these documents were authorized and registered by the same U.S. Government that would send you to jail as a small business owner if you did this. Over a year ago, Michael F. Cannon was blowing the whistle on this, just without the documents:
Making a materially false or fraudulent statement as part of a claim against the U.S. Treasury is a separate federal crime, as is wire fraud. Ordinary citizens who violate these laws face fines of up to three times the amount drawn from the Treasury and/or up to 20 years in prison. They might also face prosecution for health care fraud (10 years), violating the Sarbanes-Oxley ban on falsifying documents (20 years), conspiracy to commit such offenses (5 years), and other crimes under federal and D.C. law.
Newly unearthed documents suggest these officials knew they were violating the law.
This makes the Republican failure to repeal the so-called Affordable Care Act all the worse. As several others have accurately acknowledged, perhaps the quickest and most effective way to end the Obamacare nightmare is to force every member of Congress and the people who work for them to abide by the law themselves.