Frank Underwood from ‘House of Cards’
Representative Frank Underwood, the fictional, conniving congressman played by Kevin Spacey, may be preoccupied with revenge in the Netflix political drama “House of Cards.” But experts say he ought to give some thought to his new health insurance.
“The law requires members of Congress and congressional staff to obtain their health insurance through the health insurance marketplaces,” says Zamosky.
With Washington, things are never simple. Obamacare’s insurance for members of Congress, who previously enjoyed excellent coverage with a lot of options, has been the subject of much speculation. It has been unclear whether the law allows the federal government to contribute a portion of the premiums for lawmakers and their staffs, the way private employers do.
Under the current congressional health insurance plan, the government pays up to about $5,000 a year for individual coverage and $11,000 for a family.
The administration has proposed that the government continue to pick up that tab and let lawmakers decide whether their staffers must buy coverage in the Obamacare exchanges.