Due to an administrative work-a-round of dubious legality, members of Congress receive generous taxpayer subsidies for health insurance obtained in the D.C. small business exchange, which is supposed to be limited to businesses with fewer than 50 employees. This arrangement has shielded members from the burdens of ObamaCare while millions of Americans are struggling to pay their rising insurance premiums.
Congress should abide by the laws that they pass and reject special perks not available to their constituents. Members of Congress should not be given special relief from the harmful effects of ObamaCare.
I have both asked President Trump to rescind these illicit subsidies and have introduced H.R. 499, the No Exemption for Washington from Obamacare Act. Because I believe that members of Congress should lead by example, I have declined my taxpayer-funded health care plan and hope my colleagues will rightfully do the same.
By blowing the whistle on this special deal concocted by OPM, we will make members of Congress better understand the burdens of ObamaCare, thereby incentivizing members to get to work on a good repeal and replace plan.