Mary Landrieu: Completely Out of Touch with Louisiana
On the eve of Obamacare's insurance exchange implementation, Mary Landrieu voted to protect Congress' special exemption from Obamacare while defending it being forced on the rest of the America (H.J. Res. 59, Roll Call Vote #211, Tabled 54-46: R 0-46; D 54-0, 9/30/13, Landrieu Voted Yea).
"I think Mary's vote last night was the perfect example of her unwavering commitment to President Obama and her completely misplaced priorities," said LAGOP Executive Director Jason Doré. "She unashamedly defended Obamacare and special exemptions for Congress against the will of a majority of Louisiana residents. Mary has been in Washington so long that she no longer feels the need to represent the very people who sent her there."
Just hours into the opening day of Obamacare's insurance exchanges,problems were already beginning to arise.
One Louisiana Associated Press report said, "Opening day glitches were apparent Tuesday as the online insurance marketplaces at the heart of the national health-care overhaul opened."
"It won't be long before Louisiana residents and the rest of America begins to feel the real pain caused by Obamacare," said Doré. "Costs are already beginning to rise and it will only get worse. We need to defund Obamacare and ultimately see it repealed and replaced with a free-market conservative alternative."
According to the Department of Health and Human Services' report on premiums in the ObamaCare Exchanges, a 27 year old in Louisiana will pay an average of $175 a month for the lowest bronze plan – an increase of 376.19 percent over average premiums currently available (Office Of The Assistant Secretary For Planning And Evaluation, “Health Insurance Marketplace Premiums For 2014,” HHS, 9/13; John E. Dickson, Director Of Health Care For The Government Accountability Office, Letter To Honorable Orrin G. Hatch, 7/23/13).
"Congress should have to live under the laws that it passes," Doré said. "If premiums for 20-somethings will rise, so should Congress'. The audacity of Mary Landrieu to exempt herself from this disastrous policy and then defend forcing it on the rest of America is outrageous. It's time for her to come home and let someone else represent us in Washington."