Obama Solves Health Care Problem for Lawmakers, Staff
Updated: 2:17 p.m. Aug. 2 | Just a day after President Barack Obama told Senate Democrats he had personally engaged in the issue of his signature health care law's effect on lawmakers and their staff, it appears there's a solution.
Word began circulating around Capitol Hill that the Office of Personnel Management would soon issue guidance to address the way the health care law's exchanges affect members of Congress and those employed in their offices. Senate aides initially declined to discuss the matter, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid confirmed the existence of a deal to CQ Roll Call leaving the Capitol late Thursday — and a White House official confirmed details of the plan later Thursday evening.
Basically, OPM needed to determine that the federal government could help pay the cost of premiums on the exchanges for congressional employees.
"I'm glad it's done," the Nevada Democrat said, directing a request for details to the White House.