Stop free health care for members of Congress

@stealthy (8188)
United States
March 25, 2010 5:50pm CST
What should have been in the health care bill to save money was to end the free health care that members of Congress get. There is practically a hospital at the capital that they can go to anytime for almost anything and not have to pay a cent; we the taxpayers have to pay for it entirely. This is on top of any insurance that we also provide for them.
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@matersfish (6313)
• United States
26 Mar 10
Yeah. But their entire political careers are subsidized by us. While most of us are busy playing the right vs. left game, they're laughing it up all the way to the bank with pay raise after pay raise, better healthcare, more luxurious means of travel, better food and drink than most common people can afford. They're essentially still Romans. To make matters worse, some of these politicians REALLY go crazy and spend millions of dollars annually on crap that's completely meaningless. And making it even worse, most of these politicians are already wealthy by the time they get into office. This is one of the biggest reasons I don't trust politicians. As far as my personal political leanings, I consider myself a bit more right wing. However, I feel that there is NO DIFFERENCE in the right/left political structure. Politicians prove to be the same. If you were the type of person who sought power, fame and fortune, running for political office is a wise career move. I'll never understand how some people in this country can so steadily hate the Wall Street big shot but put their faith in a politician. In my mind, the politician is worse. They have a bigger platform, access to more money, they're infinitely more capable of doing harm, and they're actually supposed to be the ones protecting the rest of us, basically, yet too often prove that their time in office is solely for personal gain and to stuff their worldview down the throats of the entire country. The guy who fixed my roof is more valuable to society than 99% of all politicians, yet he makes a fraction of the salary, has to buy his own expensive healthcare, has no job security whatsoever, has no real retirement package to speak of (and if he does, the folks in Washington might even ruin that!), and, unlike politicians, he'll actually be out of a job if his work results in a leaking roof, whereas partisan pundits and party politicians will stand on their platforms and defend their brethren by burying stories and ignoring poor performance so long as they still have power. It's all a joke. And although I in no way feel superior or any more righteous than any other person, I do wholeheartedly give my sympathy to the folks who trust politicians and the process and pretend that their respective side's politicians will somehow save the day. People need to be more intelligent than that, in my opinion. Or, at the very least, have common sense enough to see that the game is rigged, and unless you're willing to sell your soul to any particular portion, you're mud in their eyes. If you're not willing to support them and they're not able to use you, you don't exist -- you're an insignificant inconvenience.
@mommyboo (13191)
• United States
30 Mar 10
I don't like politicians OR wall street brokers. I am sick and tired of any individual who makes their living by stomping on the backs of others by TAKING from them. These people need to earn their living the way the rest of us do - by doing EQUAL work for pay, not 'stealing' from people in the form of taxes and then wasting that money on bs nobody except THEM wants.
@hofferp (4737)
• United States
26 Mar 10
I just saw a new amendment being passed around where Congress could no longer exempt itself from the legislation it proposes. Wouldn't that be a kick in the pants?
@mommyboo (13191)
• United States
30 Mar 10
That's perfect!!! I sure hope it comes about so we can all vote YES on it!
@mommyboo (13191)
• United States
30 Mar 10
Yep, it needs to be stopped, PRONTO. They never should have had such a thing in the first place unless it was going to be offered to EVERYBODY - free healthcare that is. I don't see how any of these people is ENTITLED to anything, nor do they deserve it. If anything, they deserve fewer benefits than the average person since they are sitting up there making up laws that they don't have to follow yet WE do.
@Fortunata (1136)
• United States
26 Mar 10
I've also heard that the clerks who helped to draft the crap health reform bill are exempt from it, and that the children of these people (including congress critters and senators) are, too. If that isn't elitism, I don't know what is.
@spalladino (17921)
• United States
26 Mar 10
Yep, they have a little health center and can go over to Walter Reed Medical Centere where I'm sure they're taken right in without waiting. I think they should their Cadillac care and join theest of us common folks.
• United States
25 Mar 10
If this new healthcare bill is sooo great than they should be on it too. If it is "good enough" for us...then it is good enough for them.
• Netherlands
25 Mar 10
I do agree on this one. Not only that politicians get a lot of cash anyways, they are also a liability to the tax-payers, and do we agree they do enough to represent the unity of the nation? People have no faith in the parliament, with these kind of decisions and privileges
@laglen (19778)
• United States
25 Mar 10
Not only did they not include themselves in the bill, they EXEMPTED themselves. If it is so wonderful for us, why is it not wonderful for them.