WASHINGTON, DC – On the very day that Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) introduced a constitutional amendment prohibiting Congress from exempting themselves from the laws they pass, it was reported that the Office of Personnel Management will rule that the health care plans of members of Congress and their staffs will receive a special subsidy – apparently not authorized by statute – from American taxpayers under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Rep. DeSantis issued the following statement:
“My amendment is based on the simple notion that Congress must live under the same laws as everybody else. If Congress imposes burdens on the American people as a whole, then members of Congress must also face those burdens. This is an inarguable proposition if you believe in constitutional government.
“According to press reports, the administration is taking executive action because congressional leaders knew they couldn’t pass a statute containing a special subsidy for Congress. It is bad enough for Congress to create exemptions for its members, but what the administration has done is even worse - the administration is simply creating special rules for Congress by fiat. Will the American people be granted the same relief from skyrocketing health insurance costs that the members of our self-anointed ruling class have granted themselves?”