Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- U.S. Sen. David Vitter

Early this month, U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., was in a mood to demand answers. Specifically, as chairman of the Senate Small Business Committee, he wanted to know how Congress, with its more than 16,000 employees (including elected members and their staffs), qualified as a “small business” under the Affordable Care Act, thus making those employees eligible to enroll in the small-business program of the District of Columbia Health Benefits Exchange Authority to obtain coverage under Obamacare.

In letters dated Feb. 13, the DC exchange and administrators for the U.S. Senate and House replied to Vitter’s request for information. But Vitter announced Thursday he’s not happy with the response.

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