Congress governs self under Obamacare

Congress governs self under Obamacare, with discretion, coyness about who is covered and how

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Congress governs self under 'Obamacare'

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FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2013, file screenshot, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' main landing web page for Members of Congress are governing themselves under President Barack Obama’s signature law, which means they have great leeway in how to apply it to their own staffs. For lawmakers, it is about a section of the law that may _ or may not _ require them to toss some staffers off of their federal health insurance and into the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges. (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- How does "Obamacare" apply to Congress?

Like so much of the law, the answer's complicated.

Members of Congress this week finalized their take on how President Barack Obama's signature health care law will work inside the fiefdoms of lawmakers' staffs. The law only says that aides in "official" offices must exit the federal health insurance program and shop for policies in an exchange. The Obama administration says lawmakers should decide who is "official."

That's produced a patchwork of internal office policy across Capitol Hill. Republican Senate leaders and Democrats like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, are shifting all their staffer to the exchanges. Others, like GOP Rep. Darrell Issa and Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson, are keeping all of their aides in the federal insurance program.

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