U.S. Sen. David Vitter, Chairman of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, today sent a letter to U.S. Rep. John Boehner, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, regarding the lack of cooperation from officials of the House of Representatives in Vitter’s investigation into the Washington Obamacare Exemption. The House Clerks office told the D.C. Health Link that the House of Representatives 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.
“Large organizations – including Congress – certainly should not take advantage of systems in place that are meant solely for small businesses, and that includes Washington’s Obamacare exemption,” said Vitter. “We are seeking accountability within the body that creates this nation’s laws – and like it or not, gave America Obamacare. It’s completely unacceptable for Congress to continue being exempt from Obamacare.”
Vitter is investigating how the Washington Obamacare Exemption was first implemented, and has requested information from the District of Columbia Health Benefits Exchange Authority (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.” As of yet, officials from the U.S. House of Representatives have not responded adequately to Vitter’s request. Click here to read more.