Hmm, so they can talk to each other when they have to accomplish something that will help themselves?   The excuse is that if they don’t exempt the aides, they will not get good candidates to work for them.

There is concern in some quarters that the provision requiring lawmakers and staffers to join the exchanges, if it isn’t revised, could lead to a “brain drain” on Capitol Hill, as several sources close to the talks put it.

The problem stems from whether members and aides set to enter the exchanges would have their health insurance premiums subsidized by their employer — in this case, the federal government. If not, aides and lawmakers in both parties fear that staffers — especially low-paid junior aides — could be hit with thousands of dollars in new health care costs, prompting them to seek jobs elsewhere. Older, more senior staffers could also retire or jump to the private sector rather than face a big financial penalty.

More elitist bs.  Hey jack, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.  Zero should not be exempt from this overwhelming pile of poo.  Lawmakers, aides may get Obamacare exemption.

h/t Anthony