Durbin said that forcing members of Congress and staff to enter health exchanges is “a complication.”
“I basically feel like everything is being stripped away as a manager to be able to retain the staff that we cherish and work so hard and recruit new staff,” she said, estimating that one-third to one-half of her office falls into the category of junior-level staff. “Considering the levels of salary that we have to work with, I just think it’s really unfortunate from a workplace standpoint that they now have to worry about their health insurance.”
Richard Sorian, spokesman for D.C.’s health insurance exchange, said the District will be ready to meet the health insurance needs of members of Congress and their staff.
“We have had conversations with OPM and with the offices on the Hill that handle benefits,” Sorian said.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.