Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) issued the following statement today regarding the Affordable Care Act and members of Congress:
"My family and I are not enrolled in the health care coverage provided to Members of Congress.
I will never vote to exempt Members of Congress from the Affordable Care Act unless it is to fully repeal the law and exempt every American from its misguided mandates.
Members of Congress should have to share the consequences of the Affordable Care Act alongside their constituents.
The Affordable Care Act promised that it would control costs, not add to the deficit and allow individuals to keep their current health insurance. We are quickly learning that none these promises ring true.
While I support the health care reforms of covering those with pre-existing conditions and allowing children under the age of 26 to remain on their parents' health insurance, the Affordable Care Act is in need of great reform and overhaul in order to achieve its stated goals.
There are much better ways to provide affordable health care coverage and increase access to the world's best health care by allowing individuals to purchase health care across state lines, get the same tax incentives as corporations and allow small businesses to band together to lower their health care costs.
The fact that Congressional Democrats want to exempt themselves from the Act is further proof that the Administration's health care law failed to live up to the promises that were made when the law was passed in 2010 -- and they know it. Those promises include: a decrease in the cost of premiums; if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor, and, if you like your health insurance plan you can keep it
Unfortunately in the Beltway, it requires boondoggles such as this to get people thinking clearly about our future and get them willing to work together once again.
I have written to Speaker Boehner thanking him for his efforts to reject exempting Members of Congress from the Affordable Care Act while making my position clear to our leadership."