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 Reid10 most expensive House races McConnell: Senate won't take up TPP this year Politicians can’t afford to ignore Latinos 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 BradyHouse leader promises vote on exempting Olympic medals from taxes GOP lawmakers call for overhaul of proposed corporate tax rules Tax reform in 2017—the basics MORE (R-Texas) and Reps. Sam JohnsonSam JohnsonIRS publishes guidelines on tax relief for wrongfully incarcerated people Overnight Finance: House votes to rein in IRS; Ryan won't set Puerto Rico timeline House GOP grills IRS head on illegal immigrants' tax returns MORE (R-Texas), Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), Charles BoustanyCharles BoustanyTax extenders – prelude to December? David Duke will bank on racial tensions in Louisiana Senate bid Boeing tells lawmakers sale of planes to Iran well-known part of nuclear agreement MORE (R-La.), and Aaron Schock (R-Ill.).