Did you know that Congress, with nearly 16,000 employees is a “small business”?
Yeah, that was news to me too.
But, as usual, we didn’t get the full picture. Evidence is showing that Congress was disingenuous (what a surprise) when they said that they were being covered by the same healthcare system as us ordinary Americans. Their congressional staff members raised holy hell when they found out that their “Cadillac” insurance plan would cost them several times what they had been paying, so Congress members caved and took steps to treat their staff employees more like the elite special people they are (the way that they were previously treated) and unlike the non-special, ordinary, plebian people like the rest of us.
And in order to do that, they had to fill out the application to join an Obamacare exchange in a certain specific way – they had to lie.
In order to get the 70-75% subsidy required by their staff, they had to fraudulently identify themselves as “small businesses” and as employees of a “local and state government” entity.
That’s what has got Senator David Vitter (R) of Louisiana all riled up. He’s been doing some investigating on how our lawmakers are being treated under the “Affordable Care Act” (known as Obamacare) and found that they are not acting in good faith.
Congress is not acting in good faith? Say it isn’t so!
Senator Vitter, the chairman of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, cited a court filing obtained by Judicial Watch that admits Congress – with almost 16,000 employees – doesn’t fit the District of Columbia’s definition of a “small employer,” i.e., an organization with fewer than 50 employees.
In addition, Vitter alleges that “House and Senate officials submitted false information including fake names, birthdays, zip codes, and had signed under the electronic signature claiming they had provided ‘correct answers to all questions,’” in order for Congress to remain exempt from the president’s signature health care law.
Vitter has dubbed congressional exemption to the Affordable Care Act the “Washington Obamacare Exemption.” He said such an exemption defies “common sense.”
“Allowing Congress – which employs nearly 16,000 individuals – to determine itself as a ‘small business’ doesn’t pass the common sense test. We need to know exactly how and why this was allowed to happen so we can fix this injustice and eliminate Washington’s Obamacare Exemption,” Vitter said. “Washington insiders should be forced to live under Obamacare just like the rest of America without a special taxpayer funded subsidy.”
Their applications show that each member submitted information that listed their employee count at 45, thus qualifying as a “small employer” (under 50). The applications also were marked to identify their group as a local or state government – again to fit within the parameters that would justify a subsidy.
The applications include a declaration from officials (whose names were redacted), declaring: “I attest that I employ 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees.” Each congressperson is applying as if he/she is a small business and is a local or state government entity.
These people are our representatives. We already know that they consistently place themselves above our laws. They make the laws for us – the masses, but exempt themselves from the consequence of those laws. In this case, they tried to appear as if they were relenting on that habit and would abide by the same laws as ordinary citizens. That is, until the law’s aftermath bit them. That’s when they reverted to form and found a way (via a fraudulent application) to overcome the consequences of their legislation.
Republican Senator David Vitter vowed to reverse the OPM ruling to ensure that no members of Congress, Capitol Hill staff, nor Obama administration appointees get any federal subsidies for health insurance purchased on Obamacare health exchanges.
“These recent maneuverings inside the beltway are precisely why the American people rightly despise Congress,” said Vitter, of Louisiana. “Perhaps if White House appointees and Congress have to live under these same Obamacare rules, things would be changed quickly for the better.”
Sen. Vitter plans to continue the probe of congressional Obamacare applications that he believes are full of ‘false information’
We were led to believe that Congress finally did something right. They publically announced that they were including themselves under the same Obamacare crap sandwich as the rest of us. But secretly, under the table, they pulled a fast one by bending the rules so that their staff continued to get a 75% subsidy – unlike the rest of us.
Judicial Watch is also looking into the way that Congress managed to shoehorn itself into the D.C. exchange.
Is it any wonder that Congress’ approval rating is 16.8%?
We need to continue our housecleaning in the 2016 elections, and that means not only taking back the White House, but Congress as well.
We need to flush more of our elite professional bureaucrats down the porcelain convenience and bring in some more new blood (like Cruz, Lee, Sessions, Gowdy, etc.) to return our Congress to one that represents the people. It’s been too long that our Congress have served themselves and their party to the determent of the people. We need to return the power to the people.