Infighting Looms for Republican Senators Over Obamacare Coverage for Staffers

When Republicans take control of the Senate next month, their first Obamacare fight may actually be with themselves, in a clash testing just how far to go in forcing lawmakers and their staff to live under the law.

First up will be a decision within the Senate GOP on whether to make a nonbinding rule that all senators must designate all of their staff members as “official,” therefore making them have to buy insurance on the Affordable Care Act’s health exchanges.

But Sen. David Vitter, the Louisiana Republican who is driving the issue, also says he’ll try to force the Senate to vote on a bill halting the subsidy that lawmakers and their staffs get to pay for insurance on the exchanges, saying that’s a no other American receives, so Congress shouldn’t either.