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The Majority in the House/Senate. Working for themselves? Working for you?

An amendment offered by Rep. Dean Heller, [R-NV], during a House Ways and Means Committee meeting just before the recess began that would have required Members to be covered by the Public Option plan if they approve it for private citizens.

HOWEVER, the Heller amendment was defeated, with ALL 21 committee Democrats voting against it.

Should Congress have to abide by the same plan as other Americans?

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Asked by grlygrlz2 at 8:50 AM on Sep. 9, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • "Should Congress have to abide by the same plan as other Americans?"

    Most definitely. If they aren't willing to take it, that speaks volumes. Why should us Americans practically be forced off our current insurance and onto this one unless we want to be fined and taxed? What a clusterf*ck this all is..

    Answer by BEXi at 9:04 AM on Sep. 9, 2009

  • I agree with Bexi. If this plan is supposed to be so good, why wouldn't the Democrats in Congress want it?

    Answer by mancosmomma at 9:49 AM on Sep. 9, 2009

  • If the public option is good enough for the citizens it should be good enough for them. The public options is supposed to provide great coverage so I am wondering why they would want to defeat that. I think that alone shows what is being offered is a bad plan. Congress is working for themselves and don't care about us. If they did they would simply put laws in place regulating the insurance industry and there would be tort reform. Then they would find a way by cutting spending somewhere else to pay for enrolling the 17 million that don't have insurance but are legal and want coverage. They could have this fixed in a week if they wanted to and the changes could be implemented quickly. The laws could force insurers to not drop people for having a long term illness, not allow them to deny someone for a preexisting condition, not allow insurance companies to have max lifetime caps. They will still make money.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:54 AM on Sep. 9, 2009

  • The intent of our form of government was that it was made up by the people and the represent. members would be bound by the same laws as the general citizenry. I think it is time to take a few steps back to a time when there was honor and pride in the job being done in Wash.. Pelosi talked of draining the "swamp". I guess she was referring to how the region was when they began to build D.C. because nothing has drained out except common sense and decency. We need to return to a time when the represent. worked for the people and didn't see themselves above the people. It takes a humble person to realize (s)he is working at the will of the people. The people don't exist at the will of the represent.. Just like that represent. saying it was his town meeting and they would tell him how to run his congressional office. He is about not to have an office.


    Answer by jesse123456 at 10:12 AM on Sep. 9, 2009

  • Yes! And TORT reform! How dare they regulate doctor's salaries and not their own!

    Answer by lovinangels at 10:58 AM on Sep. 9, 2009

  • they are not taking the private insurance away..if people can afford to buy their own then they can have whatever they want......

    Answer by Pepperlynns at 12:26 PM on Sep. 9, 2009

  • Yes, they should, how many republicans voted agaisnt it?


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:36 PM on Sep. 9, 2009

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