Sen. Rand Paul, R.-Ky., said on Sunday that he will introduce an amendment to the Senate that would require all federal employees, including members of Congress and their staff, to abandon their current health care plans and purchase ones from exchanges set up by the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.
“My amendment says basically that everybody including [Supreme Court Chief] Justice [John] Roberts — who seems to be such a fan of Obamacare — gets it too,” Paul told conservative news website the Daily Caller.
“See, right now, Justice Roberts is still continuing to have federal employee health insurance subsidized by the taxpayer,” Paul continued. “And if he likes Obamacare so much, I’m going to give him an amendment that gives Obamacare to Justice Roberts.”
Justice Roberts has drawn criticism from opponents of Obamacare for declaring the act as Constitutional last year.
Last month, members of Congress voted to exempt their staffers, as well as themselves, from the requirements of Obamacare, instead opting to remain on their current tax payer-subsidized health care plans.
This decision by Congress drew widespread criticism, as many critics of Obamacare maintain that it's causing health care premiums to increase in price. So while the average American would have to spend more money on health insurance, according to the critics, Congress members get to avoid this.
A new study, reported on by Forbes, reveals that a family of four will see an increase of $7,450 per year starting in 2014.
Many businesses have begun cutting hours to avoid Obamacare's mandate that employers with more than 50 employees who work at least 30 hours a week have to provide health insurance for their workers or pay a fine.
Last week, the House of Representatives voted to defund Obamacare, though it's unlikely to pass in the Democrat-controlled Senate.
It's in the wake of this vote that Paul is introducing his amendment, as he has conceded that it's unlikely for Obamacare to be repealed.
“We probably can’t defeat or get rid of Obamacare,” Paul said at a meeting of Michigan Republicans on Saturday, though he still promised to continue fighting Obamacare in a statement issued later that day.
“I will continue to lead the fight until we win,” he said in his statement. “I will not vote for any CR that funds Obamacare and if there is one penny for Obamacare I will vote no.”