As members of Congress tear into each other over health care reform, they do so assured that a top shelf taxpayer-funded smorgasboard of health plans are there to respond to their slightest sniffle, Mark Barabak and Faye Fiore note in the Los Angeles Times. Last year, taxpayers spent about $15 billion to insure 8.5 million federal workers and their dependents.
But on Capitol Hill, resistance remains high to compelling lawmakers to enroll in any government plan they pass. Just one member so far has turned down federal health care benefits. “If every member of Congress put their heads on their pillow every night like I do,” said Wisconsin Rep. Steve Kagen, “knowing this could be the night I lose my house, we’d fix health care in a week.”