Rep. Michael BurgessMichael BurgessObamaCare gets new lease on life Top Republican: The healthcare bill is dead Live coverage: House pulls ObamaCare repeal bill MORE (R-Tx.) is urging lawmakers to require the president and other federal officials to participate in the newly created national health insurance exchanges.
Tweeted Burgess on Saturday:
We need to put the White House and political appointees on Obamacare. http://bit.ly/bWsZ5E #hcr
According to the congressman, Democrats' newly approved healthcare law does not require the president or other administration officials to participate in the insurance exchanges, which enter effect in 2014.
Consequently, Burgess is among 26 co-sponsors of legislation that would clarify these rules and require all federal officials and lawmakers to participate. By the congressman's logic, if "Americans must abide by the law, then all Members of Congress and their staff, as well as the president, vice president and political appointees, should also."
If this exchange is good enough for millions of Americans, as Democrats contend, then it should be good enough for the politicians who pushed so hard for this bill’s passage,” he said, noting Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyKushner meets with lawmakers about criminal justice reform: report Overnight Finance: Dems seek probe of acting SEC chief | Defense hawks say they won't back short-term funding | Senate seen as start point for Trump infrastructure plan | Dems want more money for IRS Overnight Regulation: Trump administration lifts Obama freeze on federal coal mining MORE (R-Iowa) is sponsoring a companion bill in the upper chamber.