Some staffers for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) have been exempt from being forced to buy health coverage through Obamacare, CNN reported:
In September, Reid told reporters, “Let’s stop these really juvenile political games — the one dealing with health care for senators and House members and our staff. We are going to be part of exchanges, that’s what the law says and we’ll be part of that.”
That’s true. Reid and his personal staff will buy insurance through the exchange.
But it’s also true that the law lets lawmakers decide if their committee and leadership staffers hold on to their federal employee insurance plans, an option Reid has exercised.
Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson emphasized, “We are just following the law.”
This comes after President Barack Obama on Tuesday kicked off a series of campaign-style events to boost support for the law, which has taken a beating following the disastrous rollout of the cornerstone healthcare.gov website for people to buy insurance.
Staffers for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will all being signing up on the exchanges, CNN reported.