This is the message we get when the government exempts itself from the laws and regulations that it passes. Health Care Reform as it is presently being sold to the rank and file citizen will exempt the political class in Washington contrary to popular belief, and White House assurances.
Rep. Dean Heller, R-NV, during a Ways and Means Committee in the House of Representatives, attempted to add an amendment during the meeting just before the recess began that would have required Members to be covered by the so called “Public Option” plan if it was approve for private citizens.
Big surprise, the Heller amendment was shot down by ALL 21 committee Democrats. Not a single Democrat voted to be part of this supposedly good plan for the rest of us. Yes, BIG surprise there...
That vote is indicative of the reality that any bill requiring Congress to be covered by the same health care as the public has absolutely NO chances of being enacted. It seems that the golden rule truly applies… Those who control the gold make the rules for the rest of us, and exempt themselves.
How good can the “Public Option” be if they won’t give it to themselves?
By the way, just in case you didn’t know it, f Congress and their staffs and families presently get health insurance coverage through the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), which offers enrollees nearly 300 choices among a variety of plans, coverages and costs.
The FEHBP also covers most federal employees, and federal retirees, and all members of the House and Senate (Congress) though the latter (Congress) has additional perks of office that make their health coverage far better than that available - or affordable - for the vast majority of working Americans. One of these perks include admission to Federal Hospital facilities like Bethesda Naval Hospital and it’s VIP wing.