Rep. Sue Myrick released this statement today about Congressional staffers who may be exempt from regulations established by the new health care bill. Myrick thinks all of Congress should have to participate in the new health care regulations, not just those outside of Washington. We put a call into Myrick’s Washington office to find which staffers specifically are exempt.
UPDATE: Taylor Stanford, a staffer for Myrick, sent a link to a story on Politco.com about this loophole in the health care bill.
Here’s the full statement released earlier today:
US Representative Sue Myrick (NC-09) has released the following statement after learning that certain Congressional staff in leadership and committee offices may be exempt from the regulations established by HR 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
“To think that those responsible for writing this bill should be exempt from the massive regulations they’re placing on the American people is absurd. If it’s good enough for the American people, it should be good enough for those who represent them. Clearly those in charge don’t think that’s the case”.
In July, Rep. Myrick, along with Reps. Roy Blunt, Phil Gingrey and Lee Terry, introduced an amendment to the health care bill to automatically enroll the President, Vice President and all Members of Congress into the health care exchange created by the bill. It was ruled not germane by the Majority.