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Rep. Ross: Must Do 'Everything in Our Power' to Stop Obamacare

By Bill Hoffmann   |   Friday, 27 Sep 2013 04:09 PM

Rep. Dennis Ross of Florida plans to introduce an amendment that subjects members of Congress and their staff to the same rules of the Affordable Care Act as the rest of the country.

"We have to do everything we can in our power to prevent Obamacare ... but if we can't, then the least thing we can do is subject ourselves to it 100 percent the same as the American public will have ... and experience the same pain," Ross told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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Ross, a Republican, said while Congress is under the same provisions of Obamacare, the Office of Personnel Management ruled at the behest of President Barack Obama that the government will still fund its subsidies or contributions for healthcare benefits.

"There's no basis [for that]. If this is going to happen, then Congress must enact it themselves to allow for this contribution to happen," Ross said.

"The American public expects the Congress shouldn't be given any special fix, because the American people are not getting any special fix from Obamacare …”

Ross is skeptical at the vows of Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that there will be no negotiations in sealing a deal to prevent a government shutdown.

"The essence of politics is compromise. Not compromising your principles, but comprising the issues that you believe will get each party to some degree of winning," he said.

"This will get us to some degree of winning. We save the government from a shutdown, the American public is not exposed to the worst healthcare law we've ever seen, and we have a chance to move on to the next issue which we desperately need to take up — the debt ceiling."

Ross said many members of the Republican Congress would be willing to raise the debt ceiling for one year if there was a one-year delay on the implementation of Obamacare.

On the subject of the U.N. agreement in which inspectors will be allowed to search Syria for chemical weapons, Ross said:

"Syria's not going to give up everything. They're going to play the game as long as they can to prevent a strike against them. If this president firmly believes that the threat of a military strike is what allowed us to get to where we are, he should have done a threat of a military strike back in March when they knew they were using chemical weapons …"

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