Enacted in early 2010, Obamacare created insurance mandates with fines along with government run health insurance exchanges. President Obama, Vice President Biden, and most Democrats in Congress promised the American people that this law would make dramatic improvements to our health care system. 65 years after it was first proposed, the liberals finally got their biggest wish: universal health care courtesy of the U.S. government. There was much rejoicing heard in the halls of the Left.
Government-run universal health care can be made to sound wonderful, but how would it work in practice? Now we are starting to find out. Three years later, the law and its roll-out have been an unmitigated disaster. Beyond a dysfunctional website with a seemingly unlimited taxpayer-funded budget, 3.5 million people have already received cancellation letters for healthcare plans they enjoyed, with millions more facing unaffordable increases in premiums in exchange for higher deductibles and less coverage. The pain that Obamacare has already inflicted is becoming overwhelming and getting worse by the day.
Part of Obamacare requires that President Barack Obama’s staff, along with Members of Congress and their staff, receive their federal health insurance benefits through one of the new exchanges beginning next year. But to keep the ruling class elitists in Washington happy, Mr. Obama took the unusual step of personally being involved in a decision by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to ensure that does not happen.
While Members of Congress and their staff work for the American people, they have become accustomed to extraordinarily generous insurance plans subsidized by taxpayer dollars. Right now, the plan is to allow them to keep those gold plated plans while taxpayers are stuck with approximately 75% of the premiums. The American people get Obamacare, but the people who forced it on you and your family are exempt!
This is why Citizens United has teamed up with Senator David Vitter of Louisiana to tell Congress to “live by your laws!” This week, we went on Sean Hannity’s show to announce this new campaign, which you can watch here.
Senator Vitter’s “Insiders’ Exemption” and “Show Us Your Exemption” bills would require Members of Congress and their staff to join the Obamacare insurance exchanges, just like the law required. Fairness of this kind is essential for our American Republic to remain vibrant. As Senator Vitter said on Hannity, by forcing chefs to eat their own food, the recipes will improve. There is no reason why Congress should not feel the same premium hikes that the rest of the country is facing because of the law.
Recent polling shows overwhelming bipartisan support for forcing Members of Congress and their staff to live under Obamacare. Democrats, especially those in red states, will suffer serious political consequences if they were to vote to protect the political class from the horrible law they inflicted on their constituents.
If you agree that Members of Congress should live by the laws they pass, please sign our petition at LiveByYourLaws.com today. Help Senator Vitter send a message to President Obama that Congress works for us, and they must live by the same laws they pass.