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Please Act: New Bill Requiring Congress to Enroll in any New Govt-Run Health Plan

Original post made by Bob on Sep 21, 2009

Please read and act. It only takes a minute!

Then please pass this link on to everyone in your contacts database!

On Tuesday, the US Senate Committee on Health voted 12-11 in favor of a two-page amendment courtesy of Republican Tom Coburn that would require all Members and their staffs to enroll in any new government-run health plan.

It took me less than a minute to sign-up to a petition that would require our congressmen and senators to drink at that same trough! Three cheers for Congressman John Fleming of Louisiana!

Congressman John Fleming (a Louisiana physician) has proposed an amendment to the Health Care Bill that would require all congressmen and senators to take the same healthcare plan they force on us. Under the currently-proposed Bill they are curiously exempt.

Congressman Fleming is encouraging people to go on his Website and sign his petition.

It is a very simple process - just first, last, and email address. I have immediately done just that at: Web Link

Please urge as many people as you can to do the same!

If Congress forces this on the American people, then those same Congressmen should have to accept the same level and form of health care for themselves and their families.

It's a fundamental idea that we've lost sight of in this country…lawmakers should follow the law.

Comments (16)

Posted by Bob, a resident of Amador Estates
on Sep 21, 2009 at 8:21 am

The above link to Congressman John Fleming's webpage (tho accurate) did not work.

Here it is again...

Web Link

Posted by Mike, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2009 at 8:36 am

Here is a list of Representatives who currently support this resolution HR 615.

Mr. McNerney...I don't see your name on this list. Could it be that you prefer your cushy healthcare plan and realize that the govt-run plan is far less is quality? If I am not mistaken, there was a similar Republican bill that would force Congress to accept the govt.-run healthcare plan that you voted against it.

Here is another bill and you have yet another chance to vote in favor of it. We'll be watching how you vote on this.

Web Link

Posted by Stay Cool, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2009 at 10:05 am

Stay Cool is a registered user.

Web Link
Are you being required to drop your current insurance and enroll in the government sponsored portion of the plan?

Posted by Bob, a resident of Foothill Farms
on Sep 21, 2009 at 10:12 am

Our leaders should set the example and if they feel that this is the type of program that american's would benefit from then they should be the first in the line to sign up and show their confidence.

Posted by RJ, a resident of Birdland
on Sep 21, 2009 at 12:10 pm

They should also be using Social Security as do all other citizens. Politicians obviously aren't very motivated to fix the problems with health care, Social Security, or Medicare since they are covered by their gold-plated plans.

Posted by James, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Sep 21, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Here is the suggested letter below (from Republican Congressman John Fleming's website) which you could use, if you so choose, to send to your Congressperson.

I, ______________________, fully support House Resolution 615, which expresses the sense of the House of Representatives 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.

I urge my representative, __________________, to become a cosponsor of the resolution and be willing to be accountable for any vote they make to reform health care in America.

Your Name
Your Address
Email Address

Web Link

Posted by Pleasanton Parent, a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 21, 2009 at 2:46 pm

Seems like a reasonable request to me.

Posted by Patriot Liberal, a resident of Downtown
on Sep 21, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Aha! Now we're getting somewhere! Genius! Thanks for the post!

Posted by Bob, a resident of Foothill Farms
on Sep 21, 2009 at 3:54 pm

In addition to the above how about adding term limits, mandatory retirement at 62, and you are not eligible to run for office if you net worth exceeds $500,000?

Posted by Stay Cool, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Stay Cool is a registered user.

This amendment simply doesn't make any sense. I'm all for accountability, but I don't see how forcing Congress to make a choice that the American people aren't being forced to make proves anything. The government is trying to offer options to people that currently don't have any, and in so doing help to reform the system currently in place, which is full of waste and offers incomplete services.

Posted by Jerry, a resident of Oak Hill
on Sep 22, 2009 at 1:00 am

From what I read, in a sense some American people will being forced to make a choice...

I read in the newspaper if the proposed legislation is enacted, those citizens in/above a certain earnings bracket and currently un-insured, for whatever reason, would be required to choose a health insurance program or be fined by the IRS. While they may not be required to choose the "Public Option", in my way of thinking, that's forcing someone to choose or pay up, perhaps against their will...

Some TV legal types have suggested, if passed, this whole mess may end up before the U.S. Supreme Court on constitutional grounds. They feel the Constitution doesn't allow Congress to force someone to obtain health insurance......Me, I don't know. The more opinions I read, the more confused I get...

Posted by Jerry, a resident of Oak Hill
on Sep 22, 2009 at 1:04 am

Opp's - that should have read "some American people will be forced to make a choice"... Not "will being forced"...

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Sep 22, 2009 at 10:10 am

Stacey is a registered user.

Where's the bill requiring the government to open up enrollment of the current Federal health care plan to all US citizens?

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Sep 22, 2009 at 10:16 am

Stacey is a registered user.

"The Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program can help you and your family meet your health care needs. Federal employees, retirees and their survivors ENJOY THE WIDEST SELECTION OF HEALTH PLANS IN THE COUNTRY. You can choose from among Consumer-Driven and High Deductible plans that offer catastrophic risk protection with higher deductibles, health savings/reimbursable accounts and lower premiums, or Fee-for-Service (FFS) plans, and their Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO), or Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO) if you live (or sometimes if you work) within the area serviced by the plan."

Posted by Jerry, a resident of Oak Hill
on Sep 22, 2009 at 11:41 pm


Perhaps Stay Cool or poster boy can shed some light on your question. They seem to be on top of the health care issue...

It amazes me how the politicians take care of themelves, and theirs, before tossing the crumbs to their constituency...

When I was but a mere lad I thought my dad was wierd when, while reading the newspaper, he would say, "Dadgum politicians!!!". Now I feel the same as he did back then...

Posted by Ccnnie, a resident of Country Fair
on Sep 23, 2009 at 10:42 pm

It does seem we should be able to get the plan WE PROVIDE for these characters...for the rest of their lives !!!! Seems something's WRONG with this picture ????
I understand Obama and team plan on TAXING ANY OF US WHO HAVE GOOD COMPANY PLANS (they call them 'cadillac' plans). Hmmmmm, I do believe congresspeople have what could be called premium cadillac plans !!!!!!!!!!!! I would hope if they tax out plans, that we would tax their plans. Isn't the WHOLE thing just toooo silly ! My husband was top 500 mid-management, but we didn't have medical ins. until our son graduated Amador in the late 70s !!! Haven't times changed....we didn't have illegals filling OUR emergency rooms & no little judge panel had told us we had to pay for illegals, and medicare hadn't been draining the system for decades at that point, & everybody wasn't trying to retire off phony lawsuits....all of which DROVE UP ALL MEDICAL COSTS TODAY!!.

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