Mike saw my recent Ask Laz on whether members of
This prompted him to ask: "What kind of health benefits do members of Congress receive?"
The answer is that, thanks to
Nearly 13,000 members of Congress and staffers are currently enrolled in gold-level Small Business Health Option Program plans on the Washington, D.C., exchange.
However, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers have introduced bills challenging the federal subsidies received for their coverage.
For example, a proposed “Members Play By the Same Rules Act of 2014” would have ended government subsidies for members of the House and
The idea was that most members of Congress are a good deal wealthier than ordinary Americans and thus shouldn't qualify for government assistance, which was made available when Congress members were shifted from the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.
However, since all three of the bill's original Democratic sponsors were defeated in the last election, it seems unlikely the Republican-controlled
Perhaps Republican lawmakers think everyone can do what Texas Sen.
That means that if Cruz is successful in overturning Obamacare, he'll still be covered even as 11 million others lose their insurance.
That, apparently, is their problem, not his.