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Friday, December 04, 2009

Watch the Democrats bury this.

Will they support a provision forcing them to get the same exact health care plan that they're devising for the rest of us? Senators Vitter and Coburn are preparing just such an amendment to propose in the Senate.
The current amendment would go further — not only barring members of Congress from exempting themselves from a public plan, but actually forcing them into it. Vitter is also considering proposing banning physician services currently available to legislators at the Capitol as well as special privileges they are allowed at military hospitals. Specifically, members of Congress receive taxpayer-subsidized medical care at Bethesda Medical Center and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Vitter plans to announce the amendment on Friday. U.S. Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) has introduced a similar measure in the House.
Maybe the senators could be forced to vote for it in the Senate where it may be forced to the floor. But it will never be brought to a vote in the House and will die away. However, it is just sublime to see Democrats argue against the measure because it will be reducing their choices.
Most Democrats called the Coburn-Vitter effort “a world-class gimmick” that undercuts the party’s effort to create more choices and also allow Americans to keep their current plan.

“The whole point of what we’re trying to do is create more choice, and that would include keeping the plan people have now,” said Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.). “I understand the point they’re trying to make, but I can’t support that.”

“What they want to do is to try to have us say ‘no’ and then say ‘Why, isn’t it good enough for you?’" Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) said of Coburn and Vitter. “The fact is they oppose the public option and they want to ridicule and diminish it.”
Of course, it is a gimmick. But it's a clever one. They have to admit that the new plan would reduce choices from those who are happy with their own plan. And it's just a rhetorical lie to say that they're creating more choices when they're providing the incentives for companies to end their own health insurance plans and let their employees get health care from a public option.
“If there's this brave new world where coverage is guaranteed one way or another, a lot of people are going to get dumped,” he said. “That's just competitive and economic reality. The rule for this should be the same as it is for doctors: First do no harm.”


tfhr said...

Leadership by example as defined by Democrats.

Jack said...

Betsy's Page FAIL

The Democrats are beating down the doors to co-sponsor this amendment. Who'd have thought Coburn would have a good idea?

tfhr said...


Do you think the amendment will pass?

tfhr said...


Your silence suggests a lack of confidence in the door-beating rush to co-sponsor this latest effort to counter the Dems' "Do as I say, not as I do" approach to eliminating health care choices for Americans in favor of a bloated, government bureaucratic nightmare.

Your silence in the the face of a question intended to gauge your sincerity is an excellent indicator of the lack of sincerity within the majority party with regard to delivering health care. The real goal here is acquiring even more political power at the expense of individual liberty.