If you use the Obamacare calculator to get a price estimate on health insurance you’ll probably be given a price on a silver plan, which is on the low end of the spectrum when it comes to benefits. They probably don’t quote the gold or platinum plans because they’re more expensive. Well, unless your a member of Congress or congressional staffer. Then you would be required to choose a gold plan, which would be fine since the taxpayers will pick up most of the tab.
Regulations issued by the Obama administration this week would require members of Congress to buy one of the top-tier insurance plans from the ObamaCare exchanges.
The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the House sent guidance to members of Congress this week, based on a directive from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), that says they must choose plans from the “gold” level of insurance coverage, not “bronze” or “silver” plans. “Platinum” is the only higher level of coverage under the exchanges.
“For plan year 2014, Members of Congress and designated congressional staff will choose from 112 options in the Gold Metal tier on the DC SHOP,” CAO said in a fact sheet that was emailed to Congress. (Read More)
The silver and bronze plans are good enough for the masses, but not the ruling class.
Update: Linked by Doug Ross – thanks!