Rep. Steve Stockman Exempts His Staff from Obamacare
Like Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), the GOP primary challenger to Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), has exempted his staff from Obamacare.
In late October, the Washington Times reported that Stockman “said his staff unanimously voted to reject Obamacare enrollment, saying the law subsidizes abortion and is a ‘Ponzi scheme’ that forces young people to pay more for health care.”
“Mr. Stockman's spokesman, Donny Ferguson, said the staff will be designated as ‘not official’ and keep the federal plan,” the Times reported before quoting Ferguson: “I hope Obama will appreciate us doing our part to keep his promise, since he isn’t.”
When asked in a Tuesday interview about his Senate campaign and about his ethics issues to address why he exempted his staff from the healthcare law, Stockman replied that he would not want to subject his staff to a law they are fighting against.
“We worked hard to not have Obamacare,” Stockman said. “Why would I want to put them on something they fought against? It’s not bad. In fact, I did a press release about it and I announced it and said our staff took a survey and everyone rejected Obamacare. The thing I don’t understand about Republicans is they fought desperately to oppose Obamacare and then they put their staffs on it. The Democrats fought desperately for Obamacare and then exempted their staffs from it. It doesn’t make sense."