Burgess tweets call to include White House, lawmakers in health exchange

Rep. Michael Burgess (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.

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The law also only requires members and their staffs to enroll, Burgess added, meaning congressional committee staff might be exempt from the requirement.

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 Grassley (R-Iowa) is sponsoring a companion bill in the upper chamber.