Monday, July 20, 2009

Do As I Say/Legislate, Not As I Do

WALL STREET JOURNAL -- Last Tuesday, the Senate health committee voted 12-11 in favor of a two-page amendment courtesy of Republican Tom Coburn that would require all Members and their staffs to enroll in any new government-run health plan. Yet all Democrats -- with the exceptions of acting chairman Chris Dodd, Barbara Mikulski and Ted Kennedy via proxy -- voted nay.

In other words, Sherrod Brown and Sheldon Whitehouse won't themselves join a plan that "will offer benefits that are as good as those available through private insurance plans -- or better," as the Ohio and Rhode Island liberals put it in a recent op-ed. And even a self-described socialist like Vermont's Bernie Sanders, who supports a government-only system, wouldn't sign himself up.

Of course, they also qualify now for generous Congressional coverage. Most Americans won't have the same choice.

14 Comments:

At 7/20/2009 1:11 PM, Blogger ExtremeHobo said...

Dont they have a plan thats separate from Social Security also? The thing that I hate most on this planet are hypocrites.

 
At 7/20/2009 1:18 PM, Blogger Fishsticks said...

An unintended consequence is that Congress, being enrollees, also decide the funding. This would lead to substantial increases in funding. The funding source is other people's money but for their benefit. The moral hazard is enormous here.

I would rather over pay for a few hundred pompous blowhards than for millions of beneficiaries.

 
At 7/20/2009 1:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ely it does not take two pages to write an amendment that only does what you describe in one sentence.

what else took up the rest of those two pages?

 
At 7/20/2009 9:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Animal farm

 
At 7/20/2009 10:57 PM, Blogger Robert Miller said...

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At 7/21/2009 8:48 AM, Blogger 1 said...

"ely it does not take two pages to write an amendment that only does what you describe in one sentence"...

How do you know anon?

"The fact that Ted Kennedy survived a car wreck, a plane crash and a brain tumor should convince us that he sold his soul to the Devil to avoid the Kennedy Curse"...

Bravo!...

Didn't we as a nation learn our collective lesson the last time Congress involved itself in the health care system?

 
At 7/21/2009 8:55 AM, Anonymous Rand said...

Dear Extreme Hobo:

All government employees have separate taxpayer funded pension plans and are exempted from paying into the Social Security system.

We the taxpayers have to pay for our mediocre Social Security plan and for the Cadillac plan that the elites in the governing class have, while they pay for neither.

 
At 7/21/2009 1:15 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

Hey Rand, you're about 15 yearsish out of date. Any federal employee hired in that time pays into the same broken Social Insecurity plan as everyone else. In addition, the FERS plan drastically cut the fixed pension part of the old CSRS plan and replaced it with semi-matching TSP contributions similar to private sector 401k plans.

 
At 7/22/2009 11:02 AM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

> I would rather over pay for a few hundred pompous blowhards than for millions of beneficiaries.

Wrong tack.

I would rather horsewhip the hypocritical PoS bastards than either.

 
At 7/22/2009 11:03 AM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

> 2. No matter what "plan" he had, he could always afford the best health care money could provide.

Yeah, what's the statistic these days on the number of Congressbozos (incl. Senators) who are millionaires? 80%?

 
At 7/22/2009 2:53 PM, Blogger 1 said...

Well if Congress really wants to fix health care maybe we should scratch the laws off the books that mandate PANDERING TO PARASITES

From the july 12 edition of the New York Post: HOSP-ITALITY ABU$E
ILLNESS-FAKER BUMS TREAT ERS AS HOTELS - ON YOUR TAB


Ricky Alardo, a homeless alcoholic nicknamed Ricky Ricardo, swigs cheap vodka by day at his favorite corner in Washington Heights, then calls an ambulance to chauffeur him to the hospital for a free meal and a warm place to sleep, courtesy of taxpayers who fund his Medicaid benefits.

For a chronic caller like Alardo -- who phones 911 four or five times a week -- the annual medical bill can be as high as $300,000. Over 13 years, the length of time he has been abusing the emergency room, he has cost the medical system an estimated $3.9 million. (there's more)

 
At 7/23/2009 10:56 AM, Anonymous concerned said...

Congress ought to pay the same premium that would be required of everyone else were they to be under the same plan. That would stop congressional abuse. As for uninsured Americans, let's just have a system that's affordable and available to all. We don't need Government to determine that. Do away with out of control costs and frivolous lawsuits and we might see reasonably priced healthcare. This country is at the top of the list for high cost of healthcare. Worldwide insurers will insure everywhere EXCEPT the US. If they include the cost of covering someone in the US then their costs are a minimum of 4 times more for the same coverage. That's gotta tell you something

 
At 7/29/2009 1:25 PM, Anonymous Jennie Walsh said...

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At 7/29/2009 1:27 PM, Anonymous Jennie WAlsh said...

Our forefathers gave their lives and their fortunes so that the American people could live free from governmental dictatorship and oppression and control. BLAST OUT OF ALL GOVERNMENTAL POSITIONS ANYONE WHO IS VOTING FOR SOCIALIZED ANYTHING. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ARE SICK AND TIRED AND TOTALLY FED UP WITH THE EVIL PLOTS AND SCHEMES OF THE DARK FORCES, THE GLOBAL CRIME SYNDICATE (THE KINGDOM OF SATAN) TO DESTROY FREEDOM IN AMERICA, THE AMERICAN ECONOMY AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. Our children and grandchildren do NOT want to be slaves. We owe it to our children to blast the war-mongers, the liars, the thieves and the murderers out of all governmental offices and get rid of all the Satanic bureaus that they have created so that they could stuff their own pockets with the taxpayers' money. You can bet that they gained their offices and positions by lying, cheating, stealing, murdering, and whatever criminal activity they could get away with. The global crime syndicate (the Kingdom of Satan) is very organized, very efficient, very secretive and is not likely to be caught in the act of their crimes because they have worldwide satellite and infrared surveilence by remote viewer that can scan any area to make sure that the "coast is clear" of anyone who might catch them in their crimes. They murder by viruses, bacteria, parasites and poisons and "medications" and are very good at creating "accidents" so that no one even suspects that a murder has occurred. America and the American people need Divine Protection and Deliverance and will only get It by turning away from all the corruption and vices that the Satanic Forces have polluted this nation with.

 

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