This is a rush transcript from "Your World With Neil Cavuto," April 14, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
NEIL CAVUTO, ANCHOR: All right, well, reaction fast and furious to this report that Congress is confused about its own health care status. Now that health reform is the law of the land, it seems a number of Democrats have inadvertently killed their own coverage and may have to add a legislative fix.
Well, Democratic Congressman Xavier Becerra of California says he has got some concerns.
But, Congressman, what do you think of this? What is really going on? The report was that a lot of your colleagues realized that both they and their workers might have to give up their federal coverage. Is that true?
REP. XAVIER BECERRA D-CALIF.: Neil — first, Neil, Xavier, the first name Xavier — X like an H.
CAVUTO: Oh, I apologize.
BECERRA: Not a problem.
CAVUTO: I’m Neil. It sounds like Neil. But go ahead.
BECERRA: Got it. Neil’s easy. Xavier is a little bit more difficult.
BECERRA: I think what you’re finding is that, in this case, this particular provision, which was added in the Senate, in fact, added by Tom Coburn, who, at some point, you will have probably a chance to talk to. You can ask him why he made some errors in drafting this.
It was probably for the purpose of making sure that members of Congress and federal workers also participated in the same kind of exchange that we created in this legislation.
BECERRA: Unfortunately, because it was poorly drafted, it looks like it might actually cause some members of — the staff of members Congress to actually lose their particular coverage and have to go into an exchange that may — doesn’t get — doesn’t go into effect until 2014. I think it is an error that can be corrected.
CAVUTO: Right. And we should just say — you’re right, Congressman, but just to catch people up on the nuances here, these exchanges don’t take effect until 2014. Many of these federal workers are concerned that the coverage they enjoy now...
BECERRA: That’s right. They should be.
CAVUTO: ...would have to be given up.
All right, but let’s say you fix it, because you realize that your own are compromised here. Then how is that any different from all these legislative and legal efforts in so many states to overturn this thing? You’re trying to fix something after the fact, right?
BECERRA: But, Neil, again, that — aim that question at Senator Coburn and the Senate, because that wasn’t a House provision.
CAVUTO: I’m aiming it at you. I’m aiming it at you. OK. Fine.
BECERRA: OK. It wasn’t a House provision. We didn’t have it in our House bill.
CAVUTO: Man, oh, man. I don’t care. I’m not blaming anyone.
BECERRA: We made sure we created an exchange.
CAVUTO: I’m not blaming anyone.
CAVUTO: I’m asking you, do you think this thing should be patched? Do you think it should be addressed, yes or no?
BECERRA: Any time you do a big reform, you’re going to find they need to iron out some wrinkles. In this case, this Republican amendment, which was accepted in the Senate, has some wrinkles.
But I think the philosophy — and, again, ask Senator Coburn.
CAVUTO: Congressman, this — please leave his name of out it. I don’t care if it’s a Republican. I don’t care if Attila the Hun came up with this.
CAVUTO: On this measure, Congressman, if all of a sudden there are allowances made to patch something for federal workers, you would be open to that?
BECERRA: Neil, if — you’re not saying that you would want workers who have coverage through an exchange right now, federal workers, to be denied coverage simply because of a drafting error by Senator Coburn when he drafted this amendment. I don’t think so.
CAVUTO: All right. Fine. Then you’re looking after your own. That’s fine. I am saying this, though.
BECERRA: Wait. Let’s make this clear. No, let’s make something very clear.