Rand Paul Offers Bill to Block Feds From Taking ObamaCare Subsidies

By:  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
09/27/2013
       
Rand Paul Offers Bill to Block Feds From Taking ObamaCare Subsidies

Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is offering an amendment that would prohibit federal employees from taking taxpayer-funded subsidies to pay for ObamaCare health insurance.

When laws do not apply to the lawmakers, we have entered an era of despotism. The choking grip of this type of tyranny is tightened when the people are forced to pay for the lawmakers’ exemptions.

This is the situation facing citizens of the United States of America in the age of ObamaCare. Federal employees — be they congressmen or judges — are to be spared the economic ravages of the president’s hallmark healthcare act. Each of these “public servants” will receive subsidies aimed at offsetting the cost of complying with the myriad mandates of ObamaCare.

One senator recognizes the wrongness of this arrangement and plans to do something about it.

An article in The Daily Caller highlighted the plan of Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky., shown) to “start pushing a constitutional amendment” that would prevent federal employees — he singled out Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts — from benefiting from taxpayer-funded ObamaCare subsidies.

“My amendment says basically that everybody including Justice Roberts — who seems to be such a fan of ObamaCare — gets it too,” Paul told The Daily Caller during a phone interview from Michigan, where, the article reports, he recently won a 2016 presidential straw poll.

“See, right now, Justice Roberts is still continuing to have federal employee health insurance subsidized by the taxpayer,” Paul said. “And if he likes ObamaCare so much, I’m going to give him an amendment that gives ObamaCare to Justice Roberts.”

Undoubtedly, Roberts received the distinction of being called out by name by Senator Paul because he authored the Supreme Court opinion that cleared the road for the enforcement of ObamaCare. A brief recap of Roberts’ ruling will help make Paul’s point.

Chief Justice Roberts, writing for the Court, held while the “individual mandate is not a valid exercise of Congress’s power under the Commerce Clause and the Necessary and Proper Clause,” it is valid as an exercise of the taxing power granted the federal government by the Constitution.

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Photo of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.): AP Images

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