Gingrey (R-GA) made his statements at a closed-door GOP meeting over whether Congress members and staffers should continue to receive a government subsidy towards their health insurance when Obamacare takes effect.
Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) said that losing the subsidy would cost him $12,000. "That's a burden. And it's a burden on our staff, too."
Gingrey shot back that he has no sympathy for congressional staffers, since they can switch to lobbying jobs "and make 500,000 a year. Meanwhile I'm stuck here making $172,000 a year."
Oh the poor
dear politician .
It must be a real hard ship to have to work 15 or so hours a week for an annual ( I mean measly )take home pay of $172,000 plus benefits and pension.
In this article the Georgia Republican tries to explain his way out of the corner he's painted himself into.
Congressman on Obamacare Exemption: ‘Go Home and Talk to Your Wife’
At issue is a requirement in the law that congressional staffers purchase their health insurance in the exchange markets. The Office of Personnel Management recently ruled that the federal government can continue providing a subsidy to use in the exchange markets, which critics such as Senator David Vitter have railed against as a special exemption from the law for Congress