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Dennis A. Ross

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Rep. Ross is Lead Co-Sponsor of Bill to Ensure Members of Congress and Congressional Staff are Not Exempt from Obamacare

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WASHINGTON, Sep 10, 2013 | comments
U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-15) is the original lead co-sponsor of H.R. 3076, the James Madison Congressional Accountability Act introduced by U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06). This bill would ensure that Members of Congress and their staff are not exempt from Obamacare. Ross’s statement follows:

“Obamacare is a bad deal for Americans. It puts bureaucrats between doctors and patients and it’s costly for taxpayers. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) came out with special regulations a month ago - at the request of the president – to allow the federal government to contribute money toward the health care premiums of Members of Congress, and their employees, under Obamacare. OPM’s decision to allow a 'fix' for Members of Congress and their staff is unacceptable. Americans across the country would love to have this burdensome law “fixed” for them, but unfortunately, that won’t happen. If it can’t happen for my constituents in central Florida, it shouldn’t happen for Members of Congress and their staff.

“I firmly believe in the importance of all laws applying equally to all American citizens: constituents, Members of Congress, the president, vice president, and their staff. If my fellow Americans have to endure the harsh impacts and costs as a result of this law, I will stand and endure with them until we can find a better solution.”


Background:
• This is the House companion bill to Senate legislation by Sens. David Vitter (R-La.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.).
• The James Madison Congressional Accountability Act specifies that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) apply to: a Member of Congress; their personal office staff; Congressional committee office staff; Congressional leadership office staff; the president; the vice president; and political appointees.
• The James Madison Congressional Accountability Act details that the amount contributed by the federal government to the cost of health insurance plans for Members of Congress, Congressional staff, the president, the vice president, and political appointees cannot exceed the amount a “similarly situated” individual, who does not work for the federal government, is entitled to receive based on the tax credit qualifying criteria provided by PPACA.


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