On the very day that Rep. Ron DeSantis introduced a constitutional amendment prohibiting Congress from exempting themselves from the laws they pass, it was reported to Historic City News that the Office of Personnel Management will rule that the health care plans of members of Congress, and their staffs, will receive a special subsidy.
Not authorized by statute, the administration will fund the insurance subsidy from American taxpayers under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
“According to press reports, the administration is taking executive action because congressional leaders knew they couldn’t pass a statute containing a special subsidy for Congress,” DeSantis told Historic City News reporters. “It is bad enough for Congress to create exemptions for its members; but, what the administration has done is even worse — they are simply creating special rules for Congress by fiat.”
DeSantis, a St Johns County resident, says that his amendment is based on the simple notion that Congress must live under the same laws as everybody else.
“If Congress imposes burdens on the American people as a whole, then members of Congress must also face those burdens,” DeSantis declared. “This is an inarguable proposition if you believe in constitutional government.”
DeSantis put a fine point on his feelings about what some are calling a “work around” that only perpetuates what he sees as an abuse of power. “Will the American people be granted the same relief from skyrocketing health insurance costs that the members of our self-anointed ruling class have granted to themselves?” DeSantis asked.