(Washington, DC) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter, Chairman of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, today asked if the United States Congress should be nominated to be Small Business of the Week. When the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives registered for Obamacare, officials told the District of Columbia Health Benefits Exchange Authority (DCHBEA) that each chamber only employed 45 people in order to get health care through the D.C. Small Business Exchange, and therefore, keep their taxpayer funded employer contribution.
“As Chairman of the Senate Small Business Committee, I am committed to advocating for America’s small businesses. Considering Congress is allowed to purchase their health insurance through the exchange meant only for small businesses, I assume they’ll want to be in the running for Small Business of the Week,” said Vitter as an April Fools’ joke. “I wish it were an April Fools’ joke that Congress designated itself to be a small business in order to get the Washington exemption from Obamacare. Unfortunately it’s not, and to start, we need to know how and why Congress was allowed to be designated a small business.”
Vitter is investigating how the Washington Obamacare Exemption was first implemented, and has requested information from the DCHBEA and officials from both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives regarding their qualification of the United States Congress as a “small business.” Click here to read more.
Last week Vitter successfully passed his legislation, No Washington Exemption from Obamacare, as an amendment to the Senate’s 2015 budget bill. Vitter’s legislation would require all Members of Congress, the President, Vice-President, and all political appointees within the Administration to purchase their health insurance on the Obamacare Exchange without the help of a taxpayer funded subsidy, just like any other American getting health care on the exchange.
As Chairman of the Small Business Committee, Vitter has continued a tradition of honoring a local small businesses each week. This week was clearly satirical.