Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid – the Democratic senator from Nevada, who likely waves the Obamacare flag more fervently than anyone else in Congress – has actually exempted some of his staff from having to purchase insurance through the Affordable Care Act exchange – commonly known as Obamacare - according to a Yahoo! News report on Wednesday.
You read that correctly. Even though House Majority Leader John Boehner and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell – who are desperately opposed to Obamacare and have voted against the new healthcare law multiple times – have told their staff to sign up for the insurance via the Obamacare exchanges, Reid is excusing staff members from doing the same. Incidentally, the staff members being told to buy insurance via the federal exchanges must buy plans that are of the “gold” tier which is the second most-expensive option.
According to the report, when the Affordable Care Act was passed, it required that Congressional staff members must purchase healthcare plans from the federal exchange.