Rand Paul: Obamacare Exemptions for Congress 'Despicable'

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Friday, 27 Sep 2013 04:04 PM

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Senator Rand Paul is voicing his disgust about subsidies given to members of Congress to cover 75 percent of their healthcare plan once Obamacare kicks in.

"I find it absolutely despicable that Mr. Obama, his administration, and the elected officials who shoved this mandate down the throat of Americans are now giving themselves waivers," Paul said in a letter he wrote to the Washington Times.

"The president is also giving his friends waivers. Mr. Obama’s behavior mirrors that of a captain jumping overboard, abandoning his own sinking ship."

In his letter, the Kentucky senator called out President Barack Obama and top Democratic leaders saying, "If President Obama, Representative Nancy Pelosi, Senator John Reid and Chief Justice John Roberts love Obamacare so much, they should live under it."

Paul wants to ban all exemptions, including those given to Congress last month. In a new amendment, Paul wants to force all federal employees to purchase Obamacare the same way every other American will have to: without a government-funded subsidy.

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"Members of Congress should also be forced to suffer under the same flawed health care system that Washington wants to use as a social experiment on the American people," Paul said.

Paul, who believes delaying Obama would be a victory, is not alone in this fight. He and several other Republican leaders have expressed outrage over the subsidies, calling them an unfair "Obamacare fix."

Paul’s subsidy concerns come on the heels of a vote that looks to strip funding from Obamacare. While the Republican-run House voted for it, the Democratic-led Senate blocked the effort, which keeps Obamacare alive, according to ABC News.

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