Would Require All Federal Employees to Participate
A recent report claiming there are high-level talks on Capitol Hill about exempting some lawmakers or their staffs from the requirements of the federal health care law a.k.a. "ObamaCare" has caused a stir in D.C. So much so that a group of GOP lawmakers has introduced a bill to make sure nothing of the sort happens. Woodlands Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX) is the co-sponsor of the bill along with House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI). "We've filed a bill to require the President, the Vice President, and all federal employees other than active duty military or postal workers, be entered into the Obamacare health exchanges," says Brady.
For Brady and his co-sponsors, the bill is about fairness. "If Democrats think these exchanges are good enough for hard-working taxpayers, then they should be good enough for Congress, the White House, and all federal employees," he says. According to the report that came out last week, some Congressional leaders want the exemptions for their staff because of concerns about the added costs of joining the new federal health exchanges. Republicans responded to that with an I-told-you-so. "The fact that Democrats have been attempting to exempt more people, including their friends in Congress, from the very law they forced on the rest of America proves they know this law is an abysmal failure," says Brady.
Democrat leaders, including the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) deny the reports and say there are no talks about exempting anyone on Capitol Hill from ObamaCare. Exemptions or not, Brady and other Republicans still think the best solution is to completely repeal the Affordable Care Act. "While the majority of Americans oppose Obamacare, we can all agree it's only fair that elected officials and federal workers follow the same rules as everyone else," says Brady.