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Republican Senate Conference Votes to Send All Staff Onto Obamacare Exchanges

The Republican conference on Wednesday approved a resolution that will require all GOP Senate staffers to purchase health insurance from the federal exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act. 

The resolution was proposed last month by Louisiana senator David Vitter and, according to a Vitter spokesman, was approved unanimously in a Republican conference meeting today by a voice vote. House Republicans voted down a similar resolution, proposed by Florida representative Ron DeSantis, last month. 

Whether the law required all congressional staffers to purchase their insurance from the federal exchanges has been the subject of controversy, and the Office of Personnel Management eventually ruled that each member of Congress could more or less decide for themselves. I explained the origins of the dispute here

Now, Republicans in the Senate and the House have decided the issue differently, but, on the Republican side at least, it has been settled once and for all.  

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