Michael Steele Doesn't Know What Health Insurance He Has
On some level, John McCain's confusion over the number of houses he owned was understandable. It actually turned out to be fairly hard to figure out how many houses he owned. Some were split into parts. Most were under his wife's name. Many were part of trusts and investment shells constructed for opaque purposes. But I have a really hard time understanding how RNC Chairman Michael Steele has managed not to notice which insurance company provides coverage to him and his family:
With Congress and the White House squabbling over health care reform, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said on Tuesday he’s not really sure which insurance company covers him.
Asked about his health care coverage at the RNC, Steele told CNN, “BlueCross BlueShield, I believe. Or maybe not. I think it’s BlueCross BlueShield.”
In fact, two sources say it’s Cigna that provides the RNC health coverage.
“I haven’t had to use the plan too much, thank goodness – although there are days on this job,” Steele said.
An RNC spokeswoman declined to comment.
There's something oddly poignant about that last line. I imagine Steele's spokespeople have pretty much given up on life at this point. But there's an actual policy insight here: Steele didn't shop around for health-care insurance. Tthe RNC didn't give him a choice of plans. Cigna appears to be their exclusive provider. Michael Steele talks a good game about choice and consumers and the importance of private markets. But the status quo doesn't give him, or the rest of us, access to any of that. The Health Insurance Exchange in Obama's proposal would.
We've hit a weird point in American politics when Henry Waxman is more interested in a functioning marketplace than Michael Steele.
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