White House press secretary Sean Spicer said on Wednesday that he is actually “not fine” when it comes to health insurance costs, despite the fact that as a federal employee his benefits are provided by a comprehensive government program.
“The Office of Personnel Management offers a comprehensive health care program called the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program,” a reporter told Spicer during his daily briefing.
The reporter pressed Spicer on whether politicians involved in the health care “debate” can empathize with those with less comprehensive or certain coverage.
“No matter how it plays out, can they really have the kind of sympathy and empathy for individuals who may not benefit nearly as much when they’re negotiating all these plans?” the reporter asked.
“In what respect?” Spicer asked.
“Well, I mean, you’re fine. You’re covered,” the reporter said.
“Sure. But it’s unfortunate,” Spicer began, before abruptly changing tack. “First of all, I’m not fine, because I think because of Obamacare, premiums on everybody have gone up. No, if you — regardless of what you pay, federal employees make a contribution to their health care plan as well.”