John Boehner Fights for Health Subsidies for Congress
Despite public statements calling for Members of Congress and their staff to enroll in the Obamacare exchanges, Speaker Boehner has been engaging in private negotiations with the White House and Harry Reid to exempt members of Congress and their staff from Obamacare, according to a new report from Politico.
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. They drafted and reviewed a possible legislative fix, as well as continued to push for an administrative one from the Office of Personnel Management.
Boehner aides insist there was never any intention to move legislation through the House to correct the problem.
Boehner and Reid, however, went so far as to ask to meet with President Barack Obama to lobby him personally for help — using a cover story in order to protect the secrecy of the discussions, according to these documents.