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    Coalition Letter: Support Senator Vitter's Bill to Stop Exempting Congress from ObamaCare

    September 24, 2013

    The Honorable David Vitter
    U.S. Senate
    515 Hart Senate Office Building
    Washington DC 20510

    Dear Senator Vitter,

    The undersigned organizations represent millions of Americans, all of whom believe in the principle of equal treatment under the law. That’s why we write in strong support of your legislation, S. 1497, The No Washington Exemption Act, which would restore this critical concept and make Congress subject to the same rules and regulations as millions of other Americans on the exchanges under the new health care law.

    One of our greatest Presidents said ours is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. He meant that those in power should live by the same laws as the rest of us.
    Sadly, that isn’t the case today: The Office of Personnel Management recently determined that Members of Congress and their staffs would be treated differently than other Americans when they enter the exchanges to buy their health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

    Members of Congress and their staff had their existing coverage dropped by their employers, the American people. This was included in the law based on overwhelming public support. People believe that those who created this law should experience it firsthand. Yet under this new proposed ruling, unlike other citizens who are losing their employer coverage and going into exchanges, those paid by Congress will now be able to receive health insurance subsidies from their employer – yes, that means that that special compensation will ultimately come out of the pockets of taxpayers – sparing them from feeling the full impact of the higher insurance premiums created by the new health care law’s many costly regulations.

    This simply isn’t fair.

    Those who imposed the law on the rest of the country – all of Congress, the White House, and their political appointees — need to experience the new health care regime just as millions of other Americans will. We sympathize that they find the prospect unpleasant: It will mean higher premiums and likely a change in their insurance providers.

    But the net income loss they face will be no greater, and indeed often much less, than that faced by millions of other Americans who are seeing rising premiums, decreasing work hours, and even job loss as a result of the ironically named Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

    If Washington, and particularly those responsible for passing and implementing this law, want to change this law, delay it, defund it, or repeal it, they can do so for all Americans. If they won’t, they need to live within the law, the same as every other American.


    Heather Higgins, Independent Women’s Voice
    Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform
    Gregory T. Angelo, Log Cabin Republicans
    Jim Backlin, Christian Coalition of America
    Brian Baker, Ending Spending
    Morton Blackwell, The Weyrich Lunch
    Brent Bozell, ForAmerica
    Cindy Chafian, The Mommy Lobby
    Dean Clancy, FreedomWorks
    Kim Crockett, Center of the American Experiment
    Peter Ferrara
    Robert K. Fischer, Fischer Furniture, Inc
    Carol Greenberg, Conservative Blogger
    Gretchen Hamel, Public Notice
    Colin Hanna, Let Freedom Ring
    Ken Hoagland, Restore America’s Voice
    Warner Todd Huston, Freelance Journalist
    Phil Kerpen, American Commitment
    Amy Kremer, Tea Party Express
    George Landrith, Frontiers of Freedom
    Steven J. Law, Crossroads GPS
    Mario H. Lopez, Hispanic Leadership Fund
    Jenny Beth Martin, Tea Party Patriots
    Jim Martin, 60 Plus Association
    Dr. J. Robert McClure, The James Madison Institute
    Jackie Moreau, Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity
    Seton Motley, Less Government
    Stacy Mott, Smart Girl Politics Action
    Penny Nance, Concerned Women for America
    Eric Novack, US Health Freedom Coalition
    Dan Perrin, HSA Coalition
    Ron Pearson, Council for America
    Tina Pisenti, Cascade Policy Institute
    Ralph Reed, Faith and Freedom Coalition
    Amy Ridenour, National Center for Public Policy Research
    Ned Ryun, American Majority
    Hal Scherz, M.D., Docs4PatientCare
    James Simpson, Independent Journalist
    John Tate, Campaign for Liberty
    Forest Thigpen, Mississippi Center for Public Policy
    John Tillman, Illinois Policy Institute
    David Wallace, II, Restore America’s Mission
    Rusty Weiss, Conservative Blogger
    David Williams, Taxpayers Protection Alliance
    Chris Wright, Obamacare Truth Squad

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