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 ReidWarren builds her brand with 2020 down the road 'Tuesday Group' turncoats must use recess to regroup on ObamaCare Dem senator says his party will restore 60-vote Supreme Court filibuster 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 BradyMnuchin: Trump orders take aim at Dodd-Frank, tax regs Tax reform hearing appears to be delayed GOP under pressure as tax reform deadline slips MORE (R-Texas) and Reps. Sam JohnsonSam JohnsonRyan transfers record M to House GOP's campaign arm in March Job creators need relief: Reform small-business healthcare End the ban on physician-owned hospitals MORE (R-Texas), Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), Charles BoustanyCharles BoustanyDemocrats, Republicans must work together to advance health care Lobbying World Former GOP rep joins K Street lobbying firm Capitol Counsel MORE (R-La.), and Aaron Schock (R-Ill.).