Today, via Twitter, from Representative Vicky Hartzler (r):
Rep. Vicky Hartzler @RepHartzler
Sadly, the Democratic-controlled Senate has voted to shut down govn. & give Members special healthcare treatment. Americans deserve better. 9:16 AM – 1 Oct 13
Members and staff:
Democrats Divulge Emails With Boehner Staff as Shutdown Fight Gets Personal (Updated)
By Meredith Shiner Posted at 12:40 a.m. today
….The emails, which were not provided to CQ Roll Call, apparently reveal that Boehner’s staff and Reid’s staff participated in routine coordination between two leaders of Congress to avoid having congressional staff lose their health care benefits.
“During a five-month period stretching from February to July, Boehner and his aides sought along with Reid’s office to solve what had become a big headache for both of them,” POLITICO writes. “They drafted and reviewed a possible legislative fix, as well as continued to push for an administrative one from the Office of Personnel Management.”
It bears repeating again that the original intent of the provision that is causing leaders so much trouble was merely to force Congressional staff on to Obamacare exchanges, not to have those employees get no employer contribution toward their care.
Shorter Representative Vicky Hartzler (r): I’m spinning against health care support for my congressional staff even though the republican Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives worked to make sure my staff received that health care support.
Do you suppose if Representative Hartzler’s (r) congressional staff don’t refuse their government subsidized health insurance in support of their boss’s political posturing they’ll lose their jobs? Just asking.