Harry Reid Flips on Obamacare, Exempts Some Staff from Purchasing Insurance on Exchanges
In spite of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) being one of the Affordable Care Act’s most vocal supporters in Congress, he is the only top congressional leader to exempt some members of his staff from having to purchase insurance through the ACA’s insurance exchanges. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have all informed their staffs that they will have to comply with the ACA mandates.
This decision represents a shift in Reid’s stated plans. He told reporters in September that he believed that all congressional staffers would, and should, have to comply with the law’s requirements for American citizens.
“Let’s stop these really juvenile political games — the one dealing with health care for senators and House members and our staff,” Reid said. “We are going to be part of exchanges, that’s what the law says and we’ll be part of that.”
When asked about Reid’s apparent change of heart, a spokesman told CNN, “We are just following the law.”
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