I have been a staffer in a Republican Senate office for 8 years.
It is extremely frustrating to have Vitter portray the employer contribution as some sort of exemption from the exchanges.
My healthcare costs are already going to skyrocket, but being responsible for 100% of the premiums just isn't realistic on my salary. I know I'm not the only staffer looking for a job off the Hill, because I knew this was a possibility.
I can only assume the poor staff having to write the amendment language are hopefully throwing death glares at Vitter.