Simpson: No Special Deal for Congress on Obamacare
Washington, September 19, 2013
Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson is a cosponsor of legislation to prevent Members of Congress from receiving special treatment under Obamacare by receiving a subsidy for their health insurance plan.
Congress is required to be moved to the health insurance exchange once the law comes into effect, and recently the Obama Administration ruled that Members of Congress and staff would receive a federal subsidy for their insurance.
“This is about ensuring Congress does not get any special treatment,” Congressman Simpson said. “Obamacare is seriously flawed and needs full repeal, but it is unfair for the administration to now pick and choose who must pay the full costs under the law and who gets a break.”
Congressman Simpson has signed on as a cosponsor of H.R. 3076, the James Madison Congressional Accountability Act, which blocks a subsidy for the President, Vice President, executive branch, and all of Congress and staff in purchasing health plans. He also supports H.R. 3071, the No Special Treatment for Congress Act, that would ensure no funds are used to implement the President’s ruling and H.R. 3067, the No Obamacare Subsidies for Members of Congress Act, would prohibit a government subsidy for the purchase of health plans by Members of Congress only.
“As I have always said, I will strongly oppose any effort to give special treatment to Members of Congress unless every American is exempt from the law through full repeal,” Simpson added. “The American people are strongly opposed to Obamacare, but if they must live under the law, so must Members of Congress.”