Why Congress Is Exempt From Public Health Insurance

2009-07-16 12:10

The country is getting ready for a possible public health insurance. However, Congressman John Fleming asks if it's so great how come the members of Congress who vote for it actually sign up themselves and make their families be covered by the government run affordable health insurance plan? Discussing his H. Res 615 with Fox New's Meghan Kelly Fleming says go to his House website fleming.house.gov to see if your congressman has signed on for H Res 615.

People want to know an answer to a very simple question. If the public health insurance plan is so great, why can't the Congress be a part of as well. Fleming, a congressman from Louisiana, says people are very upset about this.

The H. Res 615 is available at Fleming.house.gov and it reads in particular.

"Expressing 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.

Mr. FLEMING (for himself, Mr. WILSON of South Carolina, Mr. BURTON of Indiana, Mr. BARTLETT, Mr. LINDER, Mr. GARRETT of New Jersey, Mr. BLUNT, Mr. SCALISE, and Mr. ALEXANDER) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on

RESOLUTION
Expressing 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.

Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that Members who vote in favor of the estab3
lishment 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.

Under the current draft of the Democrat healthcare legislation, members of Congress are curiously exempt from the government-run health insurance option, keeping their existing health plans and services on Capitol Hill. If Members of Congress believe so strongly that government-run health care is the best solution for hard working American families, I think it only fitting that Americans see them lead the way. Public servants should always be accountable and responsible for what they are advocating, and I challenge the American people to demand this from their representatives.

By Armen Hareyan
Materials from Fleming.house.gov are used in this story.

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Congress also exempts itself from paying into FICA (Social Security) taxes. Recently, Pres. Obama suggested that people who make most of their income from stocks and bonds, who don't currently have to pay into FICA, SHOULD be FORCED to pay into FICA. SO, why doesn't Congress have to pay into FICA?
excellent point mate.....Y are they? Thats a pretty simple question to ask.....it deserves an answer...the American people deserve the answer.
WRONG. Congress pays into SS just like everyone else. Take a civics class you dope and don't believe every lie you hear. See: http://www.snopes.com/politics/socialsecurity/pensions.asp "In 1983, Public Law 98-21 required Social Security coverage for federal civilian employees first hired after 1983 and closed the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) to new federal employees and Members of Congress. "
These are the elitists of the progressives/socialists like what we had in the ex Soviet Union and its saltelite states years ago.
All congressmen and their staff are exempt from it.
The government should do something for the public health insurance. home health aide certification