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Sean Spicer argues that 'just because someone has health care doesn't mean they can't empathize with someone who doesn't'

Americans who are worried about the possibility of losing their health care have taken to demanding that members of Congress answer the question: "What do you pay for insurance?" On Wednesday, the concern reached White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who was asked if lawmakers "can ... really have the kind of sympathy and empathy for individuals who may not benefit nearly as much when they're negotiating these plans."

"In what respect?" Spicer asked.

"You're fine," the reporter went on, gesturing to Spicer. "You're covered."

"First of all, I'm not fine," Spicer answered. "Because of ObamaCare, premiums on everybody have gone up. No. Regardless of what you pay, federal employees make a contribution to their health care plan as well. And I think all premiums have increased, whether you're in an employer-based system or not."

Spicer added: "I think just because someone has health care doesn't mean they can't empathize with someone who doesn't. We all have family and friends who are suffering." Jeva Lange