Senator wants congress to sign up for public plan
August 6, 2009 8:55pm CST
A senator is seeking to put an amendment to require law makers to drop their private health care and enroll in the new public healhtcare plan if the new healthcare reform bill passes. When asked why he is doing this he said "So that we feel the same effects of that plan as every other American that ends up in it and the data shows that a 104 million Americans are going to end up in that plan, so what's good for us ought to be good for everybody else," The senator is Tom Coburn of Oklahoma a Republican and doctor. Some dems are supporting it, including Sens. Chris Dodd, Ted Kennedy, and Barbara Mikulski, They joined most Republicans and passed the amendment out of the Senate Health committee. Sen. Judd Gregg was the only Republican on the Senate Health committee who voted against the Coburn amendment. Coburn says Gregg told him he wouldn't put anyone in a public plan. Not his constituents, not his fellow senators. What do you think about this? If congress is going to write the bill and make the rest of us live by it....shouldn't they have to live by it too?
• United States
8 Aug 09
Unfortunately, the bad news is, this isn't new. Congress routinely exempts themselves from their own policies. EPA regulations that cost private businesses, or routinely waved for Congressional businesses. Congress has, last I heard, a separate fund than social security as well. This is merely an example of congressional elitism at it's best. This superficial gesture will make it appear that they believe in the system, even if they do not. I find it highly dubious that with overwhelming evidence that government run (anything) health care does not work, that any of them truly believe it will. Yet it is possible... However, in reality, Kennedy knows that even if his policies ruin health care in America, he has more than enough money to find the best treatment outside the US. In short, unlike the rest of US, he will have no problem getting the best available health care, regardless of what happens to US health care. It's a bit like Castro who purchased a private jet, and hired a doctor from south America, flew there to pick him, his staff, and all the equipment he needed, and brought the whole medical team back to Cuba, all for one patient. Himself. While the rest of the country laid in sheet-less bare mattress beds in "hospitals" around Cuba, Castro had an entire medical staff for him, and him alone. Kennedy knows he'll get the best care here, or elsewhere, regardless of government policy. Just like Belinda in Canada's government, flew to the US instead of waiting 10 to 12 months like most Canadians do for care.
• United States
9 Aug 09
This is a moot point since the latest news is that there will likely not even be a public option. It seems there are too many Senators and Representatives that are "owned" by the insurance companies so they're more interested in saving their profits than in saving money or the lives of their constituents. Annie