Mon Jul 16, 2012, 12:06 PM
yurbud (31,395 posts)
Democrats Mock GOP For Protecting Own Health Care In Repeal Vote
Source: Huffington Post
WASHINGTON -- Democrats are mocking Republicans in the House of Representatives for voting to repeal the health care reform law and keep their own enhanced medical care.
When Congress passed the health care law, it required members of Congress to get their insurance on exchanges with the rest of the public. But in voting to repeal that law, Republicans and a handful of Democrats were also voting go back to the old system where the lawmakers get a sweeter deal than most of the rest of the country.
They also voted against a Democratic motion that said members of Congress who support repealing the health care law must also repeal the good stuff they get, such as lifetime care and insurance regardless of pre-existing conditions.
Democrats tried to demonstrate how Republicans distanced themselves from voting to protect their own deal by capturing a slew of GOP members on video saying they didn't vote to protect their own care, as seen below. The clip features a number of Republicans in tight races this year, as well as GOP budget guru, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/16/health-care-democrats-gop-repeal-vote_n_1675551.html
If you get any right wing viral emails, you know that they want to take away any perks congress gets that the rest of us don't.
Whatever the wisdom of that, this shows that their elected representatives don't agree.
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Democrats Mock GOP For Protecting Own Health Care In Repeal Vote (Original post)
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Mon Jul 16, 2012, 03:15 PM
elleng (40,504 posts)
7. Sounds 'bad,'
but I wish Dems would stick to facts.
Congressmembers, as other FEDERAL employees (I'm a retired fed employee, and using husband's plan, as he's still working) use the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, which is funded with premiums from employee and employers. We have option of continuing it after we retire, at a significant increase in our monthly premium. Read all about it: http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/
It is a 'sweet' deal because the Office of Personnel Management has negotiated very well for Federal employees over the years, giving us many options and requiring the plans to include lots of good things, but Congressmembers do not have a stand-alone 'sweet deal.' I'm objecting to the way the Dem, Jesse Ferguson, spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, framed this.