Coalition Letter Urging President Trump to rescind Congress' Special ObamaCare Exemption

Independent Women's Voice joins a large coalition of free-market leaders and organizations representing millions of Americans to urge President Donald Trump to direct the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to rescind the Obama-era rule (78 Fed. Reg. 60653-01) that allows Congress to masquerade as a small business in order to force taxpayers to pay for their health insurance.

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July 21, 2017

 

President Donald J. Trump
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500 

 

Dear Mr. President:

 

On behalf of millions of taxpayers who are members and supporters of our organizations, we urge you to direct the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to rescind the Obama-era rule (78 Fed. Reg. 60653-01) that allows Congress to masquerade as a small business in order to force taxpayers to pay for their health insurance.

This ongoing fraud improperly allows Congress and its staff to avoid the pain the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) is inflicting on millions of other Americans.

When Congress was debating Obamacare, the American people demanded that Congress subject themselves and their staff to the new system they were imposing on their fellow Americans.

Those demands worked, and before Obamacare passed the Senate in 2009, Section 1312(d)(3)(D) was included.  That section requires members of Congress and their staff to buy health insurance through an Obamacare exchange, and unlike an earlier proposed version does not authorize an employer contribution toward their premiums.

The provision was set to take effect in 2014, causing panic on Capitol Hill. Members of Congress and their staff were desperate to keep their taxpayer-funded, gold-plated health care rather than go into Obamacare and pay their own way, as the law required.

After a meeting with Senate Democrats in March 2013, then-president Barack Obama personally committed to illegally exempt Congress from this provision of Obamacare.[i] And he did.

Obama directed OPM to issue a rule purporting that Congress, which has thousands of employees, is a small business and therefore: “the DC Health Link Small Business Market administered by the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority, is the appropriate SHOP from which Members of Congress and designated congressional staff will purchase health insurance in order to receive a Government contribution.”[ii]

This fraud of instructing Congress to masquerade as a small business was the key to the scheme, because if members of Congress and their staff had signed up for Obamacare under the individual exchange – as any other American losing employer coverage has to  – they would have had to pay their own premiums.

The House and Senate each filed a false declaration with the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority claiming to have less than 50 employees – an indefensible fact that was never publicly disclosed.[iii]

Fortunately, you have the power to end the scheme by directing OPM to rescind the Obama rule and issue a new rule that conforms to the statutory requirement the Congress and their staff pay their own premiums in the individual Obamacare exchange.

We urge you to do so expeditiously.

Sincerely,

Phil Kerpen
President
American Commitment

Daniel Schneider
Executive Director
American Conservative Union

Sean Noble
President
American Encore

Tim Wildmon
President
American Family Association

Christine Harbin
Vice President of External Affairs
Americans for Prosperity

Grover Norquist
President
Americans for Tax Reform

Gayle S. Trotter
President
American Womens Alliance, Inc.

Andrew F. Quinlan
President
Center for Freedom and Prosperity

Jeffrey Mazzella
President
Center for Individual Freedom

David McIntosh
President
Club for Growth

Thomas Schatz
President
Citizens Against Government Waste

Matthew Kandrach
President
Consumer Action for a Strong Economy

Ed Martin
President
Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum Education and Legal Defense Fund

Patrick Purtill
Director of Legislative Affairs
Faith & Freedom Coalition

Ryan Ellis
Senior Tax Advisor
Family Business Coalition

David Bozell
President
ForAmerica

Jason Pye
Vice President of Legislative Affairs
FreedomWorks

Nathan Nascimento
Vice President of Policy
Freedom Partners 

George Landrith
President
Frontiers of Freedom

David Barnes
Director of Policy
Generation Opportunity

Michael A. Needham
Chief Executive Officer
Heritage Action for America

Carrie L. Lukas
President
Independent Women's Forum

Heather R. Higgins
President and CEO
Independent Women's Voice

Andrew Langer
President
Institute for Liberty

Tom Giovanetti
President
Institute for Policy Innovation 

Tom Fitton
President
Judicial Watch

Seton Motley
President
Less Government

Gregory T. Angelo
President
Log Cabin Republicans

L. Brent Bozell III
President
Media Research Center

David Ridenour
President
National Center for Public Policy Research

Bob Adams
President
Revive America PAC

David Williams
President
Taxpayers Protection Alliance

Judson Phillips
Founder
Tea Party Nation

Jenny Beth Martin
President
Tea Party Patriots

Dean Clancy
Partner
Adams Auld LLC

Greg Scandlen
Senior Fellow
Consumers for Health Care Choices

Ginni Thomas
President
Liberty Consulting

Maureen Blum
President
Strategic Coalitions & Initiatives LLC

David A. Keene
Editor-at-Large
Washington Times 

 

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