Report: Senate Dems May Leak Emails From Boehner Staff About Health Care Subsidies

AP

Senate Democrats debated leaking emails exchanged between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) and House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) chiefs of staff discussing employer contributions to congressional staff’s health care, Roll Call reported Tuesday.

Senate Democratic chiefs of staff discussed email exchanges between Reid’s chief David Krone and Boehner’s chief Mike Sommers at a recent meeting, an anonymous source with knowledge of the meeting told Roll Call. The emails would reveal Boehner’s stance on employer subsidies for his staff’s health care plans, according to Roll Call.

Another anonymous individual who attended a dinner Monday night with Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) told the publication that the senator revealed to the lobbyists present that the emails would be leaked within a day.

A Boehner spokesman said the emails would reflect the speaker’s anti-Obamacare position.

“Any emails from Mr. Sommers will reflect the Speaker’s position: he voted against Obamacare, and he wants to repeal Obamacare. If the Senate Democrats and the White House want to make a ‘fix’ to the law, it would be their fix. The Speaker’s ‘fix’ is repeal,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel told Roll Call. “This is just a desperate act by Harry Reid’s staff to protect their own subsidy.”

Reid’s spokesman declined to comment to the publication.

This post has been updated.

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