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Congressman Scott Tipton

Representing the 3rd District of Colorado

Tipton: “Congress should live under the laws it passes.”

August 8, 2013
Press Release

CORTEZ, CO—Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) issued this statement in response to the rule issued by the Obama Administration on the participation of Members of Congress and their staff in the federal health exchanges created under Obamacare. Tipton, who was elected to Congress after the Democrat controlled House and Senate passed the law, has voted to repeal and defund Obamacare, and believes that Congress should be subject to the law, and all laws it passes.

“Congress should live under the laws it passes, and that includes Obamacare. This is commonsense pretty much everywhere except in Washington. The Obama Administration’s proposed rule on Congress’s participation in federal health exchanges is unfair to Americans who are fully subjected to the onerous costs of Obamacare, and is yet another sign that the federal healthcare law doesn’t work. Congress, or anybody else for that matter, shouldn’t receive special treatment or exemptions from the Administration under Obamacare. If it’s good enough for the American people then it should be good enough for Congress.

“The fact that the Administration continues to issue waivers, provide subsidies, and delay implementation for some segments of the population and not others proves that the law is unworkable, fails to provide affordable or accessible healthcare, and will hurt the economy and cost jobs. This is why I have voted to repeal and defund Obamacare and numerous programs under it, and will continue to fight to repeal and replace it with a market-based solution that will provide affordable, quality care for all Americans without costing them their jobs in the process. The American people deserve a fair, effective, accessible and affordable healthcare system, and Obamacare falls far short on all counts.”

Last week Tipton voted to prohibit the IRS from implementing or enforcing any of the President’s healthcare law (H.R. 2009), and voted for full repeal of Obamacare most recently in May (H.R. 45). Both measures passed the House and are currently sitting on the Senate doorstep. Tipton has also co-sponsored legislation to defund the law (H.R. 2682).