Fast-forward to this spring and you can see that Congress' hubris has gotten worse. The Democrats in Washington who foisted Obamacare on a reluctant America are now keenly aware of the huge problems they have created with the passage of the law. Health insurance premiums are going to more than double in some states, and the increased cost to the government will be in the hundreds of billions of dollars over the next few years. The answer from the public is to repeal it; even supporters of the law have called on Congress to repeal the unpopular parts. Some members of Congress obviously received the message, as there were bipartisan talks on the Hill to repeal it for themselves and their staffs. As employers, they are concerned they would lose hundreds or thousands of congressional staffers because of new health care costs. They don't care about the cost to you or your business; they just want to have their own set of rules.
Throughout my political career, I've attempted to do right by the many thousands of constituents back home who were just like my parents and my in-laws and, at one time, me. The millions of working American families don't get subsidized haircuts, free bounced checks or exemptions from expensive laws. No, they have to play by the rules and make ends meet. Why should those who represent us and create these rules behave any differently?
The elites in Washington and Wall Street are not going to understand the issues Americans face or be able to do anything to help us if they continue to have their own rules. We must not accept this any longer. What's good enough for the American people should be good enough for Congress. Maybe Obamacare will be the straw that breaks the camel's back.
Former Senator Rick Santorum is the author of It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good. He is writing a second book on the “Gathering Storm of the 21st Century” – the war against a radical, Islamic fascist enemy and its growing alliances around the world.
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