Bill Would Block Health Care Subsidies for Congress
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) returned to Capitol Hill Monday and helped to introduce a bill which would prevent members of Congress from receiving any preferential treatment under the president's Affordable Care Act.
The No ObamaCare Subsidies for Congress Act of 2013 would ensure that all lawmakers would be treated like any other American who purchases individual health insurance under the president’s law.
“The president’s health care law continues to be a cause for concern for small businesses, employers and American families – something I heard repeatedly while visiting 100 businesses in 100 days this summer,” said Fitzpatrick. “While the president is handing out delays and subsidies to some, he’s leaving many hard working Americans in the lurch. This bill asks lawmakers to live with the laws they pass.”
In August, the Office of Personnel Management announced it would provide a roughly 75% subsidy to members of Congress for the purchase of a health insurance policy on the new exchanges.
“My neighbors sent me to the nation’s capital to work for them- I should not be treated differently than those I represent,” continued Fitzpatrick. “While I feel the law is bad medicine for our nation’s economy and health care system, as long as it is law, members of Congress should be treated equally under it.”
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that 7 million Americans will lose their employer sponsored health care coverage due to the Affordable Care Act. Projections from the Society of Actuaries in March show the law will raise individual health insurance premiums by 28-percent in Pennsylvania.
Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.