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Last September Senator Harry Reid told reporters, “Let's stop these really juvenile political games – the one dealing with healthcare for Senators and House members and our staff. We are going to be part of exchanges, that's what the law says and we'll be part of that.”
Only catch is, the law also lets law makers decide if their committee and leadership staffers hold on to their federal employee insurance plans – which Sen. Reid decided to use to exempt his staff.
Reported in online magazine, CNN politics, an article called “Some Reid Staffers exempt from Obamacare exchanges,” by Chris Frates – Reid is the only leader in congress to exempt some of his staff. As GOP House Speaker John Boehner, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell – have all directed their staffers to join the exchange.
Senator Reid's hypocritical position is interesting considering he was one of the architects of Obamacare, and one of it's most ardent supporters. This inconsistency in his values is going to give the Republicans more opportunity to criticize Obamacare, with good reason.
A senior GOP aide summed up the situation by saying, “I'm sure that Americans who just lost their insurance will feel comforted to know that Senator Reid's staff gets to keep their government plan.”