Rand Paul Wants To Amend The Constitution To End Political Elitism
October 21, 2013 by Sam Rolley
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has introduced a Constitutional amendment that would forbid Congress to pass any law that doesn’t apply equally to the American public, Congress, the Supreme Court and the Executive branch.
Paul’s proposed the Amendment due to contention over Obamacare provisions and an Office of Personnel management ruling which allow lawmakers and their aids to sign up for the Obamacare exchanges, as they are required to, while continuing to receive Federal employer contributions to help pay for insurance on the exchanges.
Critics of the Federal employee loophole argue that providing hefty Federal contributions to lawmakers and their employees’ amounts to an exemption from Obamacare for Washington’s political class.
Paul’s proposal would add wording to the Constitution dictating that, “Congress shall make no law applicable to a citizen of the United States that is not equally applicable to Congress…
“Congress shall make no law applicable to a citizen of the United States that is not equally applicable to the executive branch of Government, including the President, Vice President, ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, and all other officers of the United States, including those provided for under this Constitution and by law, and inferior officers to the President established by law…
“Congress shall make no law applicable to a citizen of the United States that is not equally applicable to judges of the Supreme Court of the United States, including the Chief Justice, and judges of such inferior courts as Congress may from time to time ordain and establish.”
In September, Paul announced that he was working on an Amendment mandating that Obamacare regulations apply to all branches of government—including the chief justice of the Supreme Court who helped to uphold the Constitutionality of Obamacare.
“My amendment says basically that everybody, including Justice Roberts — who seems to be such a fan of ‘Obamacare’ — gets it, too,” Paul told The Daily Caller at the time.
Paul’s proposal goes a step further from legislation proposed by Senator David Vitter (R-La.) to end subsidies for lawmakers and their employees.
The Kentucky Republican faces an uphill battle, however, as amending the Constitution requires super majorities in both chambers of Congress and must be ratified by the States.