Ed Henry, White House correspondent for Fox News, must have thought he was being very clever today. Why not ask White House press secretary Jay Carney a simple question—if Obamacare’s so great, would you sign up for it?
Except as far as “gotcha” questions from hostile reporters go, this one is an incredible softball. Of course a 48-year-old man with a wife and two kids is going to prefer to have an insurance plan than to leave himself and his whole family uncovered. Assume the Carneys are affluent and have a household income of over $94,200 (i.e., 400 percent of the federal poverty level for a family of four) and thus aren’t eligible for any subsidies. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation (PDF) report, a “silver” insurance plan for the whole family in the District of Columbia would cost them $845 a month, or $10,140 a year.