A news release sent from her office Monday said: "Capito will not accept any health care subsidy made available to her and her legislation would end this special treatment for members of Congress."
When asked Thursday if the legislation applies to staff members as well, Lisa Boothe, a Capito spokeswoman, wrote in an email that the bill is directed at "the individuals who create the laws." When asked to clarify, she said it was directed at "lawmakers."
During an interview Thursday with Fox News, Capito was unclear when asked about her legislation with regard to congressional staffs.
"They say that 'look, we're going to lose all these great workers that we had on Capitol Hill if we don't continue to give them these subsidies,'" Fox host Gretchen Carlson said, speaking about congressional Democrats. "What message would you say to them?"
"I would say to them that regular Americans -- nonmembers of Congress -- who are forced to go to the exchanges because their employers dropped the insurance are not eligible for subsidies," Capito said. "I believe that we shouldn't be put in a special category and I believe that, if this moves forward, that the subsidies should be eliminated.
Boothe said she did not know if Capito would pay for her own insurance premiums or if the congresswoman would receive insurance through her husband or another source. Capito's husband, Charles, is a senior vice president at Wells Fargo bank.
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