- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana has resurrected his bid to make sure Capitol Hill lawmakers and staff do not get special treatment under Obamacare.

The Republican filed an amendment to an energy bill Wednesday that would require the president, vice president and executive political appointees to obtain their health coverage on the health overhaul’s state-based health exchanges, much as the Affordable Care Act requires of lawmakers and non-exempt staff.

It would also prohibit lawmakers and political executives from obtaining employer-based subsidies or financial help on the exchanges, because many of them earn too much — threshold is $46,000 for an individual — to qualify for the assistance, anyway.

Lawmakers also could not exempt staff members from the exchanges.

For months, Mr. Vitter has tried to make the Obamacare rules surrounding Hill staff more transparent.

But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, has not brought his measures up for a vote, and lawmakers in both parties have been happy to insulate wide swaths of their staffs from the exchanges.



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