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Congress should learn to live with Obamacare mandates
This alone is emblematic of this administration's penchant for unilaterally changing federal law without approval from the legislative branch. The president has carved out waivers to shield unions and big businesses from Obamacare's employer mandate and delayed important procedures to shield taxpayers from fraud and protect against identity theft.
Currently, members of Congress and their staff receive health coverage through a federal program, which is administered by the Office Omega Constellation Co-axial Chronometer
In 2009, during debate over the new health care law, legislative language was adopted that very clearly states that, as of Jan. 1, 2014, the only health insurance plans members of Congress and their staff can have are plans "offered through an Exchange" established under Obamacare. The intent behind this effort was to expose members of Congress to the health care experience they imposed on their constituents through the new law.
Members of Congress cannot expect to have the respect or support of their constituents when they do not live by the laws they write. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Chronometer
Americans, regardless of their political leanings, are upset that Congress, through an administrative ruling, was given special treatment under Obamacare. It is the height of hypocrisy for Congress to be exempt from any law that applies to everyone except itself.
Those following the debate in Congress over the president's health care reform law are by now well versed in the arguments over health care exchanges, the rising costs of premiums and deep cuts to Medicare. I represent a diverse House district with many different perspectives and understand that there will be differences of opinion over our nation's health care system. But one aspect of the health care law seems to unite just about all of my constituents: how it applies to members of Congress, the president, and his appointees.
One thing I know after serving as a federal prosecutor at the Justice Department Public Integrity Section and serving three terms on the House Ethics Committee is the American people are tired of Washington hubris. That is why during my tenure in the House I have also introduced legislation to prevent members of Congress from using taxpayer funds to name monuments for themselves and was an early opponent of earmarks.
In the midst of a partisan showdown over government funding, one principle should rise above the self interest of all politicians: "No man is above the law and no man is below it." While those words were first uttered by President Teddy Roosevelt to a joint session of Congress 110 years ago, they could be no less relevant to Congress today.
It was therefore shocking to me that while the Office of Personnel Management had initially ruled Congress would have to forfeit its premium contributions under Obamacare, that decision was later reversed to allow Congress to continue to receive generous subsidies despite the law.
the coverage they prefer from a menu of competing insurance policies and their employer, the federal government, contributes an amount toward the premium in the form of a subsidy. In other words, there is no legal basis for OPM to rule that Congress can receive health coverage under their current premium plan after Dec. 31, due to the law.
That's why last week, during debate over the continuing resolution to keep the government funded, I offered an amendment that passed the House to prevent Congress from receiving this exemption and to require the president, vice president and their political appointees to Omega Speedmaster Black White join Congress in the Obamacare exchanges. If the law is good enough for our constituents, it should be good enough for the politicians in Washington.
In order for us to govern effectively, we must hold ourselves to a higher standard and never let our own self interests rise above those of the people we are sworn to represent. If we abide by this, we will write better laws and make better policy for the American people. Living by the laws we pass is not just constitutional; it is common sense.
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