GOP members offer amendment to force Congress to participate in public option

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    GOP members offer amendment to force Congress to participate in public option
    By Tony Romm - 11/04/09 01:42 PM ET

    Five House Republicans hope to add to Democrats' healthcare reform bill an amendment that would automatically enroll members of Congress in the public option program.

    The effort, spearheaded by Reps. John Fleming (La.), Joe Wilson (S.C.), Wally Herger (Calif.), Phil Gingrey (Ga.) and Steve Scalise (La.), would bar lawmakers from participating in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, which they currently use for health insurance. Instead, members would have to rely on the Health Insurance Exchange and the public option plan House Democrats are proposing in their latest healthcare reform effort.

    “If Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi [D-Calif.] and her Democratic counterparts truly believe that their government insurance option is the best way forward for healthcare in the United States, then they should be fully supportive of amending the bill to ensure that every single member of Congress, both in the House and Senate, is enrolled in it," explained Rep. Gingrey, who is leading the new campaign.

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    Sounds sensible to me. Last time I checked? Members of Government were citizens too. If it's good for US, then I'ts good for them too.

    Pretty gutsy amendment if you ask me.
     
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    An excellent idea.
     
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    It's an idea who's time has come. Will it be included? I hate to be a pessemist, but all signs point to NO in the current climate.
     
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    hopefully it will kill the enter bill though.
     
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    That's something I hadn't considered. Thanks. I had heard that Harry Reid has said that Healthcare will NOT be done this year...Still looking for stories on this.

    Now this is pertinent because Obama has been quoted as syaing that if it doesn't happen THIS year, it won't be done.

    Perhaps this will be a setback if it isn't considered?
     
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    Beautiful man,like totally coooool.
     
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    Now we're talking.....if it's good enough for "We, the People", it's good enough for Congresscritters.

    *They* should be forced to participate in anything they want to *force us* to participate in. :clap2:
     
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    I *love* Phil Gingrey! :clap2:

    BTW....if I'm not mistaken, he is also an OB/GYN or some such MD.
     
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    We all know that this amendment will be dead in the water. No congressman, or congresswoman would be stupid enough to to lower down to our level of coverage. Just sayin...
     
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