Mary Landreau, D-LA, has written to a constituent that was concerned about the exemption congress and their staff get under Obamacare. Landreau told the constituent in a letter that there are no such exemptions. The same constituent had written to Sen David Vitter, R-LA, who freely admitted that indeed President Barack Obama had indeed created an exemption, that would pay up to $11,000 on a family policy.
Landreau wrote that the idea the she and her staff were getting an exemption, "could not be further from the truth." Once again, let me assure you that there is no exemption for Members of Congress and their staff in the (ACA), nor will I ever support an ‘exemption’ for myself of my staff,”
But David Vitter argued,
“Some are lying, trying to mislead the public about the Obamacare exemption for Congress. President Obama recently issued a special rule for Congress and congressional staff to get a special subsidy to purchase health insurance on the Obamacare Exchange unavailable to every other American at similar income levels. That’s an exemption, plain and simple.”
Writing to the same constituent that had contacted Landreau, Vitter replied:
“Senator Landreau is trying to mislead you, to put it kindly. Others might say she is lying.”
“As you have no doubt read, President Obama recently issued a special rule for Congress only. Under it, Congress and congressional staff get a special subsidy to purchase health insurance on the Obamacare Exchange unavailable to every other American at similar income levels,” he said. “That special subsidy is worth approximately $11,000 per family.”
At best, Landrieu is playing a game of semantics and at worst lying. Landreau is considered one of the most vulnerable senators for the 2014 elections.