After the Louisiana Congressional Delegation wrote Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) asking them to oppose Kathleen Sebelius’ replacement as the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Vitter said he will oppose President Obama’s nomination, Sylvia Matthews Burwell.
Vitter said today that he will oppose Burwell’s appointment because he says Obamacare, which HHS manages, is unfair, citing that congress and their staffs receive subsidies under the law, while no one else does.
“What I find most infuriating about Obamacare is that Congress worked behind closed doors to give themselves special treatment to avoid higher costs and lower quality care,” Vitter said. “I’m going to oppose Ms. Burwell’s nomination until the American people get the same relief from Obamacare as the Washington elite and their corporate allies.”
Vitter’s announcement comes after the conservative lawmaker said he was bringing back his attempt to remove the federal congressional healthcare subsidies that are provided to Washington’s political class under Obamacare.
Vitter said the subsidies, which range from $5,000 to $11,000 a year, give special treatment to Congress under Obamacare because the subsidies are not available to anyone else.
Eliminating the federal subsidy would mandate that congress, congressional staffers, the President, the Vice President and White House staffers be treated the same under the law as businesses and individuals purchasing healthcare under Obamacare.