Thursday, July 16, 2009

Okay, We'll Try Universal Health Care...But You Go First

This is a brilliant idea:

If socialized medicine is good enough to force on American taxpayers, it’s good enough for Congress. I like this House resolution from Rep. John Fleming requiring lawmakers in Washington to enroll in any government-run health plan it decides to foist on the rest of us.

Read and sign the petition supporting House Resolution 615 here:

Over the past few weeks, members of Congress and the American people have come to know the details of the Administration’s proposed health care plan. Call it whatever you like, this proposal is nothing more than government-run health care. As a physician, I am amazed at the number of bureaucrats in this House who are quick to claim a government-run health care plan is the reform this country needs. In response to this, I have offered a resolution that will offer members of Congress an opportunity to put their money where their mouth is, and urge their colleagues who vote for legislation creating a government-run health care plan to lead by example and enroll themselves in the same public plan.

Under the current draft of the Democrat healthcare legislation, members of Congress are curiously exempt from the government-run health care option, keeping their existing health plans and services on Capitol Hill. If Members of Congress believe so strongly that government-run health care is the best solution for hard working American families, I think it only fitting that Americans see them lead the way. Public servants should always be accountable and responsible for what they are advocating, and I challenge the American people to demand this from their representatives.

If you agree with me, sign our online petition below and together we will work to ensure that any plan that is good enough is for American families is good enough for every member of Congress.

My only beef with this is that it's only a resolution, which means it simply expresses an opinion in an official capacity. I want to see some Rep somewhere up the ante and put the full teeth of the law into this: make it a bill, or an amendment to the health care bill itself.

Call your Rep about this - if they're a Dem, put the question to them, and ask them to commit to dropping their own coverage in favor of the government 'option' they're trying to force on the rest of us (and let me know what they say); if they're a Rep, ask them to push this into law.

Now, let's be real. Is there any chance at all that such a measure would actually be passed by the Democrat majority and written into law? No. But, it's a win-win for the GOP because if all Reps supported it while the Democrat majority scuttled it, that would be a beautiful PR bonanza, wouldn't it? Talk about 2010 election fodder! And, it would only get more potent as the health care system gets worse and worse...

Seriously, some Rep needs to run with this.

There's my two cents.

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