GOP bill hits alleged ObamaCare exemption talks

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"While the majority of Americans oppose this law, we can all agree that it is only fair that our elected officials follow the same rules as everyone else," she said.

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 Mason ReidConstitutional conservatives need to oppose the national emergency Klobuchar: 'I don't remember' conversation with Reid over alleged staff mistreatment Dems wary of killing off 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 Patrick BradySmaller tax refunds put GOP on defensive Key author of GOP tax law joins Ernst and Young Lawmakers beat lobbyists at charity hockey game MORE (R-Texas) and Reps. Sam JohnsonSamuel (Sam) Robert JohnsonTexas New Members 2019 Many authors of GOP tax law will not be returning to Congress May brings key primaries across nation MORE (R-Texas), Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), Charles BoustanyCharles William BoustanyMarch tariff increase would cost 934K jobs, advocacy group says Bottom Line On The Money: US adds 155k jobs in November | Unemployment holds at 3.7 percent | Wage growth strengthening | Trump signs stopgap spending bill delaying shutdown MORE (R-La.), and Aaron Schock (R-Ill.).