Rand Paul – We Need a 28th Amendment

Those of us who are “plugged in” to political conversations on the internet have no doubt come across the fallacious chain mail that talks excitedly about the 28th Amendment. Just to make sure you know – there is no 28th Amendment, yet. But the patently false chain email usually says something to this extent, “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives.”

The passage of the Obamacare legislation has brought back conversation of a 28th Amendment, in large part because Congress has seen fit to bend the rules applying to their own healthcare. While they are not “exempt” from the law per se, Congress is not affected by Obamacare in the same way that the rest of us are.

“If Congress is forced into them on the same terms, it will be more likely to fix Obamacare’s problems for others.” The bill he and his co-author, Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming, have drafted would make everyone working on Capitol Hill buy insurance through the exchanges — with no subsidies. White House officials and political appointees in the executive branch would also be required to obtain health insurance through the exchanges.

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In her recent high profile interview with CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, HHS chief Kathleen Sebelius admitted that she had not signed up for Obamacare and would not be because she was happy with her current coverage.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) sees a basic issue of fairness in the Obamacare problem, and he’s going to try to do something about it. Senator Paul is now pushing to pass a new constitutional amendment that says, “Congress shall make no law applicable to a citizen of the United States that is not equally applicable to Congress.”  In effect bringing to reality the long spoken of 28th Amendment.

Rand PaulRand Paul should expect to feel push back from his Congressional colleagues over his proposal though, as Senator David Vitter (R-LA) can attest to. Just a couple of months ago Senator Vitter tried to pass a bill that would have forced Congress to enter into Obamacare in the same manner as any other American. For his troubles he was attacked by Democrats and Republicans alike – Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) said of Vitter, “David Vitter is a, um … he just is not playing with a full deck. Something is wrong there,” while pointing to his own head.

So maybe there can be a silver lining to the Obamacare debacle. Maybe, just maybe, Senator Paul and some like-minded Republicans can force Congress to remember that they serve us – they don’t rule us.


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