Today, Tea Party Patriots, the nation’s largest tea party organization, blasted Speaker John Boeher, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Obama Administration for engaging in, according to news reports, “high-level, confidential talks” in order to exempt lawmakers and their aides from the mandated insurance exchanges under Obamacare.
“If they want to repeal Obamacare for themselves, then repeal it for all Americans. Apparently, Congressional aides and lawmakers on both sides fear staffers ‘could be hit with thousands of dollars in new health care costs, prompting them to seek jobs elsewhere.’ This is almost surreal,” said Jenny Beth Martin, National Coordinator of Tea Party Patriots. “These ‘representatives’ are tyrannical rulers, plain and simple. There is no way we’ll sit quietly by while Boehner figures out a way to exempt himself from Obamacare as he leaves the rest of the the whole ‘train wreck’ legislation in place. Congress is not above the laws they burden us with.
“If Obamacare is so good, then why would Boehner, Reid and the Obama Administration try to exempt themselves from it?
“John Boehner would not be Speaker of the House were it not for the people in this country who are demanding better from their government: fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets. That does not mean he has a license to carve out favors for himself and his staff, which place them above the law they are forcing the rest of the country to live under.
“And the sheer hypocrisy of Senator Reid and the Obama Administration, who shoved this law down our throats, backed up by lies and more lies about its affordability, is too outrageous to fathom.”
Since 2009, Tea Party Patriots have opposed the law’s premise—that Americans can be forced to buy anything— and its constitutionality. The one-size-doesn’t-fit-all big-government disaster cooked up by Washington politicians, lobbyists and bureaucrats is a grievous violation of fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government and free markets. Tea Party Patriots believe the only meaningful solutions to the nation’s health care problems are innovative market-based reforms created within the 50 states.