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 ReidHarry ReidSatanists balk at Cruz comparison Cory Booker is Clinton secret weapon Overnight Energy: Dems block energy spending bill for second day MORE (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 BradyKevin BradyGOP chairman: Our ObamaCare alternative coming before July Brady: Tax-reform marathon in its last two miles Overnight Finance: House rejects financial adviser rule; Obama rebukes Sanders on big banks MORE (R-Texas) and Reps. Sam JohnsonSam JohnsonOvernight Finance: House votes to rein in IRS; Ryan won't set Puerto Rico timeline House GOP grills IRS head on illegal immigrants' tax returns House GOP chairman narrowly survives primary challenge MORE (R-Texas), Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), Charles BoustanyCharles BoustanyCongressman offers tax bill to help small businesses The Trail 2016: The road ahead Overnight Regulation: Republicans move to block financial adviser rule MORE (R-La.), and Aaron Schock (R-Ill.).