Senator Tom Coburn authored an amendment to the Obamacare bill being discussed in the Senate Health Committee that requires all members of Congress to enroll in any public health option they pass. In other words, it would require Congress to do what they’re mandating for us. Guess what happened when that amendment came up for a vote:
On Tuesday, the Senate health committee 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. Yet all Democrats — with the exceptions of acting chairman Chris Dodd, Barbara Mikulski and Ted Kennedy via proxy — voted nay.
In other words, Sherrod Brown and Sheldon Whitehouse won’t themselves join a plan that “will offer benefits that are as good as those available through private insurance plans — or better,” as the Ohio and Rhode Island liberals put it in a recent op-ed. And even a self-described socialist like Vermont’s Bernie Sanders, who supports a government-only system, wouldn’t sign himself up.
Get that? With the exception of a token few – and that few have ulterior motives for needing to vote in the affirmative – every single Dem on that committee voted against being required to sign up for the option they’ll require of you. Every one, folks. What does that say?
It says they know their idea of “benefits that are as good as those available through private insurance plans” are no such thing. It says they know that signing up for such a plan will mean a degradation of their medical care. It says they know full well that what they want in medical coverage won’t be available in their public option – and even if it is, it won’t be available as quickly or in as good a quality. They know all of this right here, right now and that’s why they voted to excuse themselves from being required to join the same plan they’ll require you to join.
If it’s not good enough for Congress then it shouldn’t be passed. They know government-run health care isn’t the panacea some are claiming and they damned sure don’t want to subject themselves or their families to it. Neither do I. Hands off my health care, Congress.