The Washington Times - December 4, 2013, 09:08AM

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is breaking with fellow congressional leaders on Capitol Hill by giving some members of his staff an exemption from having to purchase health coverage through Obamacare’s new insurance exchanges.

CNN reported that Mr. Reid and his personal staff will purchase insurance through the exchanges, but that the Nevada Democrat is using a loophole in the law that allows lawmakers to let their committee and leadership staffers keep their federal employee insurance plan.


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“We are just following the law,” Adam Jentleson, a Reid spokesman, told CNN.

The move will provide some additional political fodder for Republicans, who have trained heavy fire at Obamacare — most recently pointing to the rocky rollout of the federal HealthCare.gov website as additional proof that the law is doomed to fail.

CNN reported that aides to House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, as well as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said these congressional leaders are requiring that members of their staff enter the exchange.