Looking at the original report on the story

gives his comment a bit more context… Maybe not the best comment to make, but it seems to be taken out of context and the topic he was addressing has been ignored.
He was trying to make the point that federal workers should not get a government subsidy to buy their insurance on the health insurance exchange. Taxpayers have to pay for their insurance out of pocket and are expected to pay for a subsidy for gov. workers to buy theirs. He was arguing against it. Sounds like an attempt to change the subject and make him look bad vs. having a real conversation on his concern.