Editorial included incorrect statement
My Sept. 13 letter mentioned some important specifics about the Transportation Security Administration’s expedited screening program that The Maui News and Sen. Brian Schatz’s office failed to identify.
Now, I read in the Sept. 24 editorial that “Congress exempted itself from (Obamacare’s) provisions.” I find myself regularly going to the Internet and Google to validate assertions like those, only to find that they’re not factual.
Regarding Obamacare, an Aug. 30 article published by factcheck.org states, “Congress isn’t ‘exempt’ from the law (Obamacare). It wasn’t exempt back in 2010, when we first debunked such a claim; nor were lawmakers exempt in May when the bogus bit surfaced again. Three months later, they’re still not exempt.”
The article goes on to say: “The Affordable Care Act says that starting in 2014, members of Congress and their staffs can no longer get their health insurance through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, as they have in the past. Instead, these federal employees will have to get insurance through the exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act.”
The Maui News, what’s the congressional exemption you refer to? Do a little research before printing items that either lack all the facts or distort information into lies.
Readers might want to read the entire factcheck article at www.factcheck.org/2013/08/no-special-subsidy-for-congress.