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Congressman Luke Messer, who represents Indiana's Sixth Congressional District, has a problem with the Affordable Care Act, commonly called "Obamacare", and the governing style of President Obama.
Messer says he is upset with President Obama for shielding members of Congress, and their staffers, from key portions of the law. Specifically, he has a problem with President Obama instructing the Office of Personnel Management to subsidize 75 percent of the health care premiums that members of Congress, and their staffers, would have to pay.
The issue began when members of Congress and their staffers, reportedly mostly Democrats, began complaining about the likely hikes in health insurance costs they would have to pay. President Obama allegedly told members of his party in a closed door meeting last week that he would find a way to exempt them from the law. This doesn't sit well with Messer. "Members of Congress and their staff outta' be treated the same as every other American," said Messer.
The Congressman also has issues with President Obama picking and choosing what parts of certain laws he will enforce, and which ones he ignore. Again, Messer brought up Obamacare and the President's decision to unilaterally postpone the implementation of the mandate that forces employers to purchase health insurance for their employees. "There's no constitutional authority for the President just to decide willy-nilly what parts of laws he wants to enforce and what parts of laws he wants to ignore," he said. Messer says Obama's attitude about our nation's laws undercuts any meaningful discussion about legislation and other topics, as there is genuine concern that even if bipartisan legislation was agreed upon and passed, it could be ignored by the President and his Attorney General.
Messer says Obama's disregard of the nation's laws cannot stand. He says Congressional Republicans are working on plans in an effort to hold the President accountable for his actions.
Last Updated: Monday, August 12, 2013 7:52:20 AM
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