nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Congressional Staff Exempt From Health Care Mandate?

Tempest or Teapot?

In a story on the National Journal Hotline On Call, it appears that there may be a loophole for Congressional staff.  The health care reform bill passed on Sunday says that members and their "office staff" must participate in a government-offered exchange.  This is being interpreted as applying only to personal office staff, and NOT to staff who work for a committee or the leadership.  Does this mean those "non-personal" staff don't have to purchase insurance?

By coincidence these are the people who drafted the bill.

People who think this was deliberate, will argue that it's another example of the poison pills we have yet to uncover in the bill.  I agree that there will be some unpleasant surprises as everybody (including the President and all who voted on the bill) realizes what's in the legislation, but I have my doubts that it's a corrupt plot.  We'll see.

Opinions are entirely my own.

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