This link says 8 million people are covered under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program. John Kerry wants to open this program to the US public in general. I have read this will cost $72 billion a year. I assume/hope this means that the public will get the same rates as government employees. Is this true?
For example the NALC plan, which is a good plan, charges $382.51 for yourself and $817.42 for a family if you are under the classifications of Certain Temporary Employees or need a Temporary Continuation of Coverage charges. It charges $111.98 for yourself and $201.03 for a family if you are a non-postal employee or an Annuitant. It charges $64.48 & $92.63 if you are a postal employee.
Which version would the public be open to or would it be a totally different version? $382 for individual coverage is insane, I can get blue cross coverage for $50/month if I need it.