Ted Cruz can well afford to offer his salary to charity if the government shuts down. And he can well afford not to worry about whether he has health care coverage. That’s because his charity dollars likely pale in comparison to those of his his wife. Heidi, is an executive at Goldman Sachs and he does very well on her policy.
Members of Congress are afforded top-notch, well subsidized health plans, but they’re nothing compared with those provided to the people who make the real decisions in the U.S.
Top Wall Street executives get some of the best health coverage on the planet. Cruz’s wife, Heidi Nelson Cruz, is a regional head of a Goldman Sachs division.
According to a 2009 New York Times report, top executive officers and managing directors at the bank participate in a health care program that costs Goldman more than $40,000 in premiums for each particpant’s family annually.