Updated 8/3/09 –
Now that Congress has postponed voting on the 1018-page monstrosity of a health-insurance plan until after the August recess, maybe, just maybe, our public servants will actually read the damn thing. But maybe that’s just wishful thinking…
Representative John Conyers (D-MI) stated, “What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?” President Obama, when questioned about a provision in the bill stated, “You know, I have to say that I am not familiar with the provision you are talking about.”
And our politicians wonder why we, the American citizen, hold them in low regard. We expect them to do the jobs that they were elected to, but they constantly refuse to act in the public’s best interest.
From a post written way back in 2005:
In case any of you didn’t know, a typical politician’s primary job is not to serve the people who elected him. His primary job is to get himself (or herself) elected or re-elected. Second is to reward all those contributors that gave $$ to help him get elected. Third is to get as many perks & benefits as he can while he is in office. Last on the list is the common person like you & I.
So perhaps it is no surprise that Congress has a vastly superior health care plan than what the majority of people have in this country, and definitely better than what Congress is trying to pass for the rest of us. From suite101.com:
As soon as members of Congress are sworn in, they may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP). The program offers an assortment of health plans from which to choose, including fee-for-service, point-of-service, and health maintenance organizations (HMOs). In addition, Congress members can also insure their spouses and their dependents.
Not only does Congress get to choose from a wide range of plans, but there’s no waiting period. Unlike many Americans who must struggle against precondition clauses or are even denied coverage because of those preconditions, Senators and Representatives are covered no matter what – effective immediately.
And here’s the best part. The government pays up to 75 percent of the premium. That government, of course, is funded by taxpayers, the same taxpayers who often cannot afford health care themselves.
And the Congressional perks don’t stop with the FEHBP. According to the article “Health care as good as Congress gets,” by John Barry, a staff writer for the St. Petersburg Times, “Members of Congress have their own pharmacy, right in the Capitol. They also have a team of doctors, technicians and nurses standing by in case something busts in a filibuster. They can get a physical exam, an X-ray or an electrocardiogram, without leaving work.”
And from Mike’s America comes this little jewel:
Rep. Dean Heller (R-NV) offered an amendment in the Ways & Means Committee that would have required Members of Congress to enroll immediately in the government-run health plan that would be established under the Democratic bill. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) offered an amendment to put his committee on the record in support of enrolling Members of Congress in the government-run plan as well. While the Wilson amendment was approved by voice vote in the Education & Labor Committee, the Heller amendment was killed in the Ways & Means Committee at the behest of Speaker Pelosi and Chairman Rangel.
Contrast this with the details slowly leaking out from the proposed health-care bill touted by Obama and the House Democrats, and the following graphic from IBD Editorials Cartoon Page makes a whole lot of sense of what we are in for:
Now does anyone think that Senator Ted Kennedy would have received the treatment for his brain tumor under the plan that Congress is proposing for the American people? Of course not! He’s a Senator!
This all reminds me of the line from “Animal Farm”:
All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
Why do I feel like Boxer all of a sudden?