A report in the online publication Politico that Congressional leaders are trying to exempt members of Congress and their staff from a requirement of President Obama’s health care reform is riling Virginia politicians from both sides of the aisle.
“I will not support any attempt to have lawmakers and their staffs treated differently under the law than other Americans,” said Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, who added that he think it shows the reform is a bad idea.
And Sen. Mark Warner tweeted “Since you’re asking: Members of Congress & staff should NOT be exempt from ACA rules applying to anyone covered thru their employer.”
Politico, quoting unnamed sources, said talks have been underway for months to exempt Representatives, Senators and staff from a requirement to participate to join insurance exchanges called for in the law. The exchanges are meant to be a place for individuals and small businesses to shop for affordable, competitive coverage, but Congress is also supposed to participate. The issue, apparently, is whether premiums would be subsidized for Congress and its staff – as they are to be for individuals earning up to 400 percent of federal poverty level income.