By Elise Viebeck - 04/26/13 07:57 PM EDT
Republicans spent Thursday hammering Democrats after Politico reported that top leaders were engaged in talks to exempt themselves and their staffs from using the exchanges as mandated by law.
Democrats flatly denied the allegations and said they would not support an exemption if it were proposed.
“There are not now, have never been, nor will there ever be any discussions about exempting members of Congress or congressional staff from Affordable Care Act provisions that apply to any employees of any other public or private employer offering healthcare,” said Adam Jentleson, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
Camp's bill would amend the Affordable Care Act to require that all federal employees except active-duty military and postal workers buy coverage on the exchanges. The requirement currently applies only to Congress and its staff.
The bill was co-sponsored by Ways and Means Health subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Reps. Sam Johnson (R-Texas), Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), Charles Boustany (R-La.), and Aaron Schock (R-Ill.).