NEWS: Obamacare Workers Exempted from Sequester Furloughs

April 26, 2013

During this week’s Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing on the implementation of Obamacare, a troubling fact came to light – as the Obama administration was furloughing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) workers including air traffic controllers, workers responsible for the implementation of Obamacare were not facing the same time away from their work. Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS) questioned Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) Director Gary Cohen about the effects of the sequester on the implementation of the president’s health care law. Cohen responded that CMS was simply under a “hiring freeze.”

However, despite the claim that CMS isn’t hiring, a simple online search reveals that the agency opened up hiring for a new health insurance specialist just this week at an annual salary up to $115K. As the agency responsible for implementation of Obamacare, Harper questioned why CCIIO is not facing any furloughs while the FAA, which is responsible for flight safety and the safety of millions of passengers, is facing furloughs resulting in delays of up to three hours for travelers. Today, as the House voted to address the FAA air traffic control furloughs, Obamacare workers continue to be spared.

 

EDITORIAL: Furlough ObamaCare Folks, Not Air Traffic Controllers
Corruption: The administration furloughed federal workers whose absences would cause the most pain to the public. ObamaCare officials, meanwhile, are still at work, though they should have been the first ones sent home. In an effort to sour the public on the automatic cuts of sequestration, and try to get the voters to blame Republicans for the deal that was President Obama's idea, the administration has furloughed air traffic controllers — leading to more than 1,000 delays since the furloughs were implemented last weekend — and canceled White House tours, causing disruptions, inconvenience and frustration for the public. Quite clearly, the administration has politicized policy. … The sequestration-forced furloughs are intended to be spread across the federal workforce. But somehow, the office that is implementing the bulk of ObamaCare has not been affected. 

Obamacare Bureaucracy Spared from Sequestration
Well, of course the ObamaCare army isn’t suffering any “cuts” or furloughs due to sequestration.  The socialist ruling class is very eager to begin exercising its new powers.  They’re not going to trim any flab away from the bouncing baby bureaucratic Kraken they just gave birth to, are they?  Especially since it’s already over-budget and under-performing. …

No Furloughs for Obamacare Officials
The office implementing most of President Obama's healthcare law is not furloughing its workers as a result of sequestration, its director said Wednesday. Gary Cohen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, said Wednesday that his office has not cut its workers' hours and pay as a result of the automatic budget cuts that went into effect in March. …

Agency in Charge of Obamacare Ducks Sequester Furloughs
The office in charge of implementing President Obama’s health care law is being spared from sequestration cuts and furloughs. Gary Cohen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, said Wednesday his office was not forced to cut worker hours due to the across-the-board spending cuts that rolled out in March…

 

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