One of the Republican promises in the 1994 congressional campaign, included in the “Contract With America,” was to force Congress to live under the laws it imposes on everyone else. The Congressional Accountability Act followed, eliminating a number of major exemptions in the hope that lawmakers would be less likely to enact burdensome laws if they were personally affronted by them.

As the reality of Obamacare sinks in on Congress, members and their staffs are looking for a way to get out of the health insurance exchanges mandated by the law. Politico, the Capitol Hill daily, reports that the obstacle for Democrats is that unless the insurance premiums of politicians and their aides are subsidized by their employers (that would be you and me, the taxpayers), they could be hit with thousands of dollars in new, out-of-pocket health care expenses.

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