On Friday, Congressman Dennis Ross appeared on Fox Business News to talk about the US Postal Service. As we told you on Saturday, both he and his hostess had some difficulties getting their facts straight. Ross’s biggest whopper was telling the audience that the average postal employee paid $32.00 a month for health benefits. (This comes at about 5 minutes into the video). As we pointed out in our previous blog post, there isn’t even a single plan that offers premiums that low. Today the Congressman responded. Sort of.
OK Dennis- now that you’ve found the FEHB web site, try clicking on the links and see if you can find that $32 a month health plan. While you’re at it, find us the even cheaper plans that must be there- after all, you told us that $32 is the average premium- so there must be some that are even cheaper, right?
Update:– Ross posted this on his Facebook page this afternoon:
That’s $32 a pay period, which works out to $69 a month- and that’s more than double the number he gave out in his interview. We pointed out in our blog post that there’s an even cheaper plan available- but the most popular plan is the Blue Cross Standard Plan- which costs $322 a month for a family- over ten times what Ross claimed was the average premium.