TPA Joins Coalition Demanding Answers on Obamacare Exemption for Congress
Last week the Supreme Court saved Obamacare once again in a disappointing ruling on the King v. Burwell case regarding the legality of Obamacare subsidies provided to the states by the federal government. Not withstanding that ruling, there are still unanswered questions regarding Obamacare, including how Congress was able to qualify for exemptions and taxpayer-subsidies. Recently, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) signed onto a coalition letter sent by American Commitment to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee asking that these records be subpoenaed in order to get to the bottom of how Congress received the exemption.
You can read the full letter below :
June 15, 2015
The Honorable Jason Chaffetz
U.S. House of Representatives
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
2157 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Chairman Chaffetz:
Documents obtained by the nonprofit watchdog group Judicial Watch indicate that the House and Senate have falsely certified themselves as small businesses in order to qualify for taxpayer-funded health insurance payments for themselves and their staff, sidestepping provisions of Obamacare.
Senator David Vitter of Louisiana tried to subpoena the District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange Authority for the documents, but Senate rules required a majority vote of his committee which he was unable to obtain.
Under House rules, you have the authority to issue a subpoena for these documents without a committee vote. On behalf of the members and supporters of our organizations and millions of other Americans keenly interested in this issue, we urge you do so.
These documents claim that the House and Senate have just 45 employees each, even though more than 13,700 employees have reportedly signed up.
It would appear, therefore, that the District of Columbia Health Benefit Exchange Authority is complicit in an ongoing fraud that is squarely within the jurisdiction of your committee.
Nothing makes the American people more angry than Congress giving themselves and their staff special benefits – especially when those benefits rely on the false claim that the House and Senate are small businesses.
We urge you to subpoena these documents as part of an investigation into exactly how this happened and who is responsible.
Phil Kerpen, American Commitment
Sean Noble, American Encore
David McIntosh, Club for Growth
Thomas Schatz, Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
Brian Baker, Ending Spending
David Bozell, ForAmerica
Matt Kibbe, FreedomWorks
George Landrith, Frontiers of Freedom
Michael Needham, Heritage Action for America
Heather Higgins, Independent Women’s Voice
Andrew Langer, Institute for Liberty
Seton Motley, Less Government
Colin Hanna, Let Freedom Ring
Mark Harris, No D.C. Exemption
David Williams, Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Jenny Beth Martin, Tea Party Patriots