Amendment #28
David Vitter

Francesville, IN

#1 Dec 5, 2013
Harry Reid has just taken advantage of a loophole in the law that allows leaders in Congress to exempt their committee or leadership staffs.
More priority for government employees. Where is Amendment #28

Americans are struggling with the ongoing Obamacare train wreck every day. They’re losing the coverage they liked, seeing their premiums skyrocket, and finding it hard to enroll in anything new. But what makes it even worse is that while all this is going on, Washington elites have carved out a special exemption and subsidy for themselves.

I’ve been a vocal opponent of Obamacare from the beginning. But there was one key provision of the Obamacare statute that I strongly supported: the section that states clearly that every member of Congress and all of their staff must be treated just like other Americans who are being forced out of plans they liked and onto the Obamacare exchange.

I thought this provision was really important for two reasons. First, as a matter of principle, Washington should be treated like the rest of America, not like an elite ruling class. Second, as a very practical matter, making the chefs eat their own cooking does wonders for the quality of what comes out of the kitchen.

But most of Washington strongly disagrees. Threatened by these radical ideas, Senate majority leader Harry Reid and others stepped in to protect their own. After they waged a fierce lobbying campaign and President Obama personally weighed in, the Obama administration issued an illegal administrative fix to take the sting out of this section of the Obamacare statute. It gives members of Congress and their staff members who go to the Obamacare exchange a special subsidy that is unavailable to any other Americans. It also creates a loophole by which many staff members don’t have to go to the exchange at all, but only those designated as “official”— with that decision left up to each individual member of Congress.

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