Turns out not everyone in Congress will be protected by the Obamacare exemptions after all.
Colorado Rep. Cory Gardner recently learned that his family’s health insurance plan would be discontinued on December 31 because of the new law. The Republican lawmaker announced this to the public in an op-ed he wrote for The Colorado Springs Gazette earlier this month, noting that he opted out of the Congressional healthcare program when he was first elected to Congress in 2008 “because I wanted to be enrolled in the same health insurance network that all Coloradans have access to.”
“When I was elected to Congress, I chose not to enroll in the Federal Employee Health Benefits program that is available to Members of Congress and their staffs,” he wrote. “Instead, I purchased insurance from the private market because I wanted to be enrolled in the same health insurance network that all Coloradans have access to. It’s the same type of plan that many of my friends and neighbors in Yuma and across Colorado have.”
“When I heard my family’s plan was going to be discontinued, I felt blindsided. And I am not alone,” he added.
Rather than lament about his situation, however, Gardner is using his story as an example of why the law needs to be repealed before January 1. The Congressman sent out several tweets over the past few days informing constituents why they should get involved in the fight to repeal the law.
He even asked his followers to share their stories of how they’ve been affected already by the law.
Gardner has also made it a priority to point out that President Obama lied to the American people when he said: ”If you like your health care plan you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period.”
Gardner is far from alone on this. Several Congressional Republicans, including Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah, plan on filibustering or stopping the passage of a continuing resolution to fund the government past September 30 to make sure that Obamacare isn’t funded. And the American people seem to be behind the Tea Party trio and their Congressional colleagues, as a majority of Americans would rather see Congress fail to pass the continuing resolution than allocate funding for Obamacare, according to a Rasmussen Reports study released last week.