I stole this, almost verbatim from CrankyLitProf.
Representative John Fleming (R – LA) has introduced a House resolution that I can get behind: HR 615 states that: “…that Members who vote in favor of the establishment of a public, federal government run health insurance option are urged to forgo their right to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and agree to enroll under that public option.”
On his personal site, Representative Fleming opines: “Under the current draft of the Democrat health care 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.”
Preach it Cranky! You’re gonna dictate what kind of health insurance I get, you gotta have some skin in the game. Recall, please that one iteration of the Clinton health plan would have forbidden going outside the system, even if one had the money to pay for it. I want to repeat that for emphasis.
Previously, when the US Government attempted health care reform, one iteration of that plan would have prevented people from spending their own money on health care, going around the government system*
If our legislators have a dog in the fight, we might have a chance of something that won’t be a total goat-rope! I will point out that there is a word for people who insist on other people doing [being satisfied] with one thing but not being subject to it themselves. Hypocrites.
Rep. Fleming has a form letter you can print out and mail to your own reps. I know I’m going to, first thing on Monday morning.
*Michael Hurd, Baltimore Sun, 20 June 1994.