A Loophole for Aides

The health reform bill passed yesterday by the House of representatives requires lawmakers to enroll in government-run insurance plans, but not leadership aides, Hotline OnCall's Reid Wilson reports. The requirement will apply to lawmakers and their personal office staffs, but, based on a Congressional Research Service interpretation of the bill, the wording doesn't apply to aides in the leadership offices (who are not employed in their bosses' capacities as elected members of the House and Senate, but rather in their capacities as party leaders). The irony here: leadership aides have been on the front lines of the health care fight.

For more on this, see Wilson's post at Hotline OnCall.

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Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

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