It is well known that members of Congress have the best of gold plated health care policies bought and paid for by you, the American taxpayer. We're paying for the privilege of having the GOP controlled House piss around with repealing health care for the people that pay for theirs. How arrogant of them! Please get this government burden off our backs - the burden of paying for health care for the politicians who are trying to repeal our health care. If they were'nt such hypocrites, they would repeal their government provided health care first. I'm sick and tired of paying for health care for politicians who want to deny the American public protection from having their policies terminated if they should have the audacity to get sick.
The following is from an article subtitled, "Politicians Receive the Country's Best Care - at Taxpayer Expense."
Few would deny that a health care crisis looms large in the U.S. In a country with millions of uninsured and underinsured citizens, health care has become more a privilege than a right. Indeed, the United States remains the only industrialized country in the world that doesn’t guarantee health care to all its citizens.
But this isn’t the case for members of the U.S. Congress. 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.
Federal Employees Health Benefits Program
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.
More Health Care Perks for Congress
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.”
The GOP Yahoos in addition to receiving their government subsidized health care are wasting taxpayer money by voting to repeal Obamacare. They know they can't really do it because the Democrats control the Senate so it won't pass muster with the Senate. Yet the GOP controlled House is wasting time and taxpayer money making a big deal over repealing it instead of spending their time getting some work done which might actually benefit the American people. They're the ones who always talk as if they are doing what the "American people" want when in reality they are doing the bidding of the corporations - in this case the health insurance corporations. They are nothing more than corporate shills, yet they are always talking about the American people. Well, what this American person wants is for them to repeal their own taxpayer funded, gold plated health care. If it's good enough for the gander, it's good enough for the goose. Then let them buy insurance on the private market. If they happen to get sick, tough. They will be kicked off their policy; their medical bills will mount up. Why they just might lose their home and have to declare bankruptcy. If it's good enough for the American people, it's good enough for them.
I'm for making government smaller by eliminating government subsidized health care for members of Congress. With the money saved we can properly fund Medicaid. These Congressmen are mostly millionaires anyway. Surely, they can afford to buy health insurance on the private market. But they are such hypocrites. They want to deny any kind of government aid to poor people while they appropriate as many government resources as they possibly can for themselves and their cronies. And I am talking here mainly about Republicans. The Democrats for the most part are responsible for passing Obamacare which will provide protections for the American people like preventing health insurance companies from discriminating against them based on preexisting conditions. So this is not a rant against "government"; it's a rant against Republican controlled government which is wholly subservient to corporate lobbyists.
I'm happy to see that the House GOP's big publicity stunt - the repeal of Obamacare - is going nowhere as Democrats point out all the good things in Obamacare like ending the doughnut hole for seniors, ending policy termination due to preexisting conditions, ending rescission which is when you get kicked off your policy after you get sick, letting young adults remain on their parents' policies until they're 26 etc. More and more people are starting to realize and appreciate the profound benefits of Obamacare, and President Obama's approval rating is getting steadily higher with each passing day.
Not so the hapless Republicans who don't have a plan for replacing Obamacare. Now if they just would have said "let's make Obamacare better" instead of trashing it lock, stock and barrel. Wouldn't that have been the sensible thing to do? Let's make it better. Admittedly, it's not perfect. More cost containment is needed. If the Republicans were sincere and serious, they would have taken that attitude: let's make the weak parts of it stronger. The Democrats would have gladly partnered with them in a cooperative effort. Oh wait - the reason it's not better is that Republicans did everything they possibly could to weaken it in the first place. Their approach is wholly destructive when, if they truly cared about the American people - and not the corporations that provide campaign funds for the politicians - they woud have taken a more constructive approach in the first place.