GOP Lawmakers Draw Comparisons Between Medicare Plan, FEHBP
But examinations and fact checks question the claim.
The New York Times: Proposal For Medicare Is Unlike Federal Employee Plan
House Republicans say their budget proposal would make Medicare work just like the health insurance that covers federal employees, including members of Congress. But a close examination shows the two plans are very different, and the differences help explain why the Republican plan has set off a political uproar (Pear, 5/1).
The Washington Post: Fact Checker: GOP Medicare Plan 'Just Like' Congress's Coverage?
During the congressional recess, Ryan and other Republican lawmakers have been selling their proposal to restructure Medicare with what appears to be a poll-tested phrase: It will be similar to a system "just like" what members of Congress have. The phrase pops up in all sorts of news releases and interviews with members of Congress, as well as no less than five times in the budget plan crafted by Ryan. Ryan's phrase is alluring - many Americans apparently believe that members of Congress get great benefits - but is it accurate? (Kessler, 4/30).