Pittenger voluntarily declines federal health subsidy
Aug 22, 2013
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August 22, 2013
CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER TO VOLUNTARILY WITHDRAW FROM CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH PLAN
CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) will voluntarily withdraw from the Congressional Health Plan, declining the special federal subsidy President Obama is offering Members of Congress to help pay for their health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges. Starting in January, Congressman Pittenger will join the millions of Americans who must purchase health insurance without the aid of federal tax dollars.
Congressman Pittenger’s decision was greeted with applause and shouts of “thank you” when first announced at a town hall meeting Wednesday evening in Matthews.
“This is a matter of principle,” announced Congressman Pittenger. “Congress shouldn’t be exempted from the full impact of Obamacare. That’s not fair, and I won’t be a part of it.
“This is yet another example of the unmitigated mess created when Ms. Pelosi demanded that Congress pass the bill before knowing what was in it. President Obama is now unilaterally doling out special exemptions to his signature law, apparently in agreement with Democratic Senator Max Baucus, who refers to Obamacare as a ‘train wreck.’”
Congressman Pittenger will also be an original co-sponsor of legislation prohibiting a government subsidy for the purchase of a health plan by Members of Congress. Currently being drafted by Congresswoman Shelley Capito (WV-02), the legislation is expected to be officially introduced in September.
CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO OF CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER’S ANNOUNCEMENT.