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Letter of Support for the No Exemption for Washington from ObamaCare Act, S. 1497

Dear FreedomWorks member, 

As one of our millions of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your Senators and urge them to support the No Exemption for Washington from Obamacare Act, S.1497.  Introduced by Senator David Vitter, this bill would stop Members of Congress, their staff and all executive branch employees from receiving any subsides beyond those that would be received by other citizens of the United States under ObamaCare.   

Under Section 1312 of the Affordable Care Act, Congress and their staff were to be enrolled in health insurance exchange plans, just like every ordinary American, and would lose their existing privileged coverage in the popular and successful Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP). But rather than accept the consequences of passing Obamacare, the political class of Washington, D.C., who passed the law that fewer than 40% of all Americans support, have decided to exempt themselves from Obamacare.  And the most offensive fact is that they’ve received this special treatment without even transparent vote for the American people to see. 

The President, acting with questionable legal authority through the federal Office of Personnel Management, has declared that members of Congress and their staff can effectively be exempt from the law. While they must still enroll in Obamacare’s exchanges, the President is allowing Congress to keep their gold-plated insurance subsidies that pay up to 75% of their premiums, thus shielding them from the rising costs resulting from the atrociously mistitled Affordable Care Act.  And this is all courtesy of your tax dollars. 

Due to Obamacare, many private employers have ceased to offer their group or company-self-paid insurance, and so employees have to find their own health insurance on the individual market in the exchanges. No other employer in America gets to help pay for its employees' coverage on the exchanges. Congress should not get special treatment. 

These closed-door, secretive, Washington-insider tactics are unacceptable and unjust. For a civil society to remain free, those who write the laws must also be subject to them. Thus, I urge you to contact your Senators today and urge them to support S. 1497, the No Exemption for Washington from ObamaCare Act, and to co-sponsor the bill if they have not already done so.


Matt Kibbe

President and CEO 


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Rodney Huckleberry

I sent a letter to my Missouri Congressmen and Congresswoman stating their health insurance should be Obamacare versus the existing congressional health insurance. My Congressfolks are Claire McCaskill, Roy Blunt and Blaine Luetkemeyer. Their form letter reply was basically that just like a corporation that has health insurance for the salaried employees they are staying on the insurance they have. I take issue with that logic...

1. I work for a corporation with salaried health insurance. My insurance has changed over the past couple of years due to the passage of Obamacare. Most importantly the cost of my health insurance. As a tax payer am I now also paying more for my Congressperson's health insurance due to Obamacare?

2. The corporation I work for is not financially broke, head over heals in debt. So my company can still provide health insurance though it is getting more difficult every year since Obamacare became law due to rising health insurance costs. My Country however is broke so I insist that all of Congress enroll in Obamacare ASAP since those I elected have told me it is cheap and costs should cost less than their current plan. My company is required to pay a tax of $63 per employee into Obamacare even though my company is not in Obamacare. I am paying for Congressional healthcare with every purchase and taxes on my income. Please enroll at the exchanges as soon as possible or you'll be fired.

3. This healthcare debate has gone on forever and came to a head with Hillarycare. So all retired politicians should also immediately enroll in the Obamacare exchanges.

I did not vote for it. They did and should stand on principle, live it, and love it.

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