Senator Introduces Legislation to End Special Obamacare Subsidies for Congress

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | July 23, 2014 | 5:37 PM EDT

U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today reintroduced his amendment to end the Obamacare exemption for Congress as an amendment to S. 2569, the Bring Jobs Home Act.

Vitter's legislation requires all Members of Congress, all Congressional staff, the President, Vice-President, and all political appointees within the administration to purchase their health insurance on the Obamacare Exchange and receive the same amount of financial support from tax credits or subsidies as any American would outside of Washington.

Currently, no ordinary American at the same income level buying on the Obamacare exchange would receive any government subsidy - while Congress and its staff get approximately $5,000 for an individual or $10,000 for a family. 

"It becomes clearer every day that Obamacare is an unaffordable, unworkable law.  But unlike the Washington elite, folks across the country don't get to carve out exemptions for themselves. Instead, they're losing the coverage they liked, seeing their premiums skyrocket, and finding it hard to enroll in anything new," Vitter said announcing his legislation, adding:

"Senator Reid clearly wants to run out the clock until the election, but he should allow an up or down vote on this. Members of Congress need to face reality and experience this train-wreck law in the exact same way their constituents do."

Vitter's office says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pulled Vitter's legislation before it could get a vote back in April - but, agreed to give Vitter a vote in the future.