(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) made the following statement after news reports indicate that House Republicans will include Vitter’s “No Washington Exemption from Obamacare” language in their bill to pass a continuing budget resolution and increase the debt limit.
“This is really about fairness, making sure that Washington is forced to live under the same train wreck of Obamacare that is forced on the rest of America,” Vitter said. “It will take the policy makers in Washington walking in the same shoes as the millions of Americans to actually make real policy changes, and clean up the train wreck.”
Vitter's amendment would reverse and clarify the decision by the Office of Personnel and Management (OPM) on Obamacare. His legislation will require that all Members of Congress, the President, Vice President, and all political appointees in the Administration must purchase their health insurance on the Obamacare Exchange without the help of taxpayer-funded subsidies. Congressional staff would be prohibited from receiving any contribution greater than what they would receive if they were not employed by a congressional office. Reports indicate that the Vitter Amendment will be in the House bill.
Cosponsors of the Vitter Amendment include Senators Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas).