WASHINGTON D.C. – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that members of Congress should not receive any taxpayer-financed subsidies to pay for Obamacare.
“I don’t think members of Congress ought to be treated any differently in any way from anybody else in America,” the Kentucky Republican told former Secretary of Education Bill Bennett on his morning radio program. “We should not get any carve-outs from Obamacare.”
Audio of McConnell’s comments were provided by his Capitol Hill office.
McConnell said he supported legislation proposed by Republican Sen. David Vitter that would require all members of Congress, the president, vice president, and Obama administration appointees to buy health insurance on the Obamacare exchange without the subsidies.
Vitter, of Louisiana, has also charged other Capitol Hill lawmakers with “lying” to their constituents when claiming that no Obamacare exemption exists for themselves or their staffs.
“I’m totally opposed to any preferential or special treatment for members of Congress when it comes to Obamacare,” McConnell said.
Bennett, the former Education Secretary, also endorsed the five-term McConnell in his re-election effort against Democratic businessman Matt Bevin.