I’m responding to the April 11 letter from Laverne Sullivan, “Same health plan.” Contrary to all the robo-mails and misinformation spouted by the many political factions, our national elected officials (excepting the president) do not get “free health care”! If you look online or research other sources, you will find that senators and representatives on average pay between $500 and $600 a month for health care, plus the many co-pays; just like the rest of us. Even the AARP website will explain that the average annuity to retired Congress folks who took office after 1983 is $38,000 a year.
Your elected officials pay into Social Security, and have since 1983. When Barack Obama was elected senator, he was paying $500-plus a month for health care, plus the co-pays and deductibles, just like the rest of us. And the final health bill forced representatives and senators out of Federal Employee Health Benefits and into a much better health plan.