Vitter bashes Reid for O-Care exemptions

Sen. David VitterDavid VitterThe Senate 'ethics' committee is a black hole where allegations die Questions loom over Franken ethics probe You're fired! Why it's time to ditch the Fed's community banker seat MORE (R-La.) challenged Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidBill O'Reilly: Politics helped kill Kate Steinle, Zarate just pulled the trigger Tax reform is nightmare Déjà vu for Puerto Rico Ex-Obama and Reid staffers: McConnell would pretend to be busy to avoid meeting with Obama MORE (D-Nev.) to publicly explain why he has exempted some of his leadership staff from enrolling in the ObamaCare health exchange.

“I think it’s incumbent on the distinguished Majority Leader to come clean,” Vitter said on the Senate floor Tuesday.

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Reports came out last week that Reid would allow his leadership staff to remain on the federal healthcare plan instead of forcing them onto the exchanges, as required for other congressional staffers. He was the only member of leadership to announce such a move.

The Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, requires members of Congress and their staff to enter the healthcare exchange, but allows lawmakers to exempt committee and leadership staff. Vitter has criticized this, calling it the “Washington Exemption.” He has introduced legislation to prevent the exemption, but hasn't gotten a vote on the measure.

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