Vitter bashes Reid for O-Care exemptions

Sen. David VitterDavid Bruce VitterPlanned Parenthood targets judicial nominee over abortion comments Trump nominates wife of ex-Louisiana senator to be federal judge Where is due process in all the sexual harassment allegations? MORE (R-La.) challenged Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidMcConnell not yet ready to change rules for Trump nominees The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by CVS Health — Trump’s love-hate relationship with the Senate Trump to press GOP on changing Senate rules 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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