As all of us with health care programs we don’t want to lose watch in horror as our self-centered “representatives” follow the pork and personal favors toward the destruction of 85% of the health care in this country to provide a vastly substandard socialized single-payer plan in preparation for 15% of the population who do not have it.
No consideration has been made toward any alternatives for those who need the help such as allowing competition among privatized insurance companies or taking off the massive government controls so that costs can come down. No allowance for tax breaks to purchase insurance; no health care savings accounts even reviewed for their viability. No, the baby must be thrown out with the bath water so that our beloved liberals can control one sixth of the economy and our entire lives.
Representatives and Senators alike receive some of the best health care benefits in the country, much of it paid for with taxpayer dollars. Yet these same members seem unable – or unwilling – to extend similar protections to the rest of America.
As soon as members of Congress are sworn in, they may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP). The program offers an assortment of health plans from which to choose, including fee-for-service, point-of-service, and health maintenance organizations (HMOs). In addition, Congress members can also insure their spouses and their dependents.
Not only does Congress get to choose from a wide range of plans, but there’s no waiting period. Unlike many Americans who must struggle against precondition clauses or are even denied coverage because of those preconditions, Senators and Representatives are covered no matter what – effective immediately.
And here’s the best part. The government pays up to 75 percent of the premium. That government, of course, is funded by taxpayers, the same taxpayers who often cannot afford health care themselves.
And the Congressional perks don’t stop with the FEHBP. According to the article “Health care as good as Congress gets,” by John Barry, a staff writer for the St. Petersburg Times, “Members of Congress have their own pharmacy, right in the Capitol. They also have a team of doctors, technicians and nurses standing by in case something busts in a filibuster. They can get a physical exam, an X-ray or an electrocardiogram, without leaving work.”
Although members pay extra for these services – Representatives pay about $300 per month, and Senators about $600 – taxpayers end up kicking in another $2 million. That’s $2 million not being spent on those who need it.
So join Congressman John Fleming in signing a petition to have Congress join us in the inferior health care they will provide for us.