August 31, 2009

Practicing the Healthcare Reform Preach: House Resolution 615 and a Suggested Amendment

Monique Chartier

Last night, a friend forwarded me House Resolution 615.

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.

Indeed, if the public option is as admirable as we are told, members of Congress should have no qualms about signing on to this resolution, which presently has fifty seventy five co-sponsors.

The bill does, however, need amplification. We'll call it the Watson Amendment.

... with the exception of Congresswoman Diane Watson, who is urged to forgo her right to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), who is further urged to enroll in the Cuban health care system and to avail herself exclusively of the care received by most Cubans, but specifically not the care received by the tiny percentage of the famous and the political elite at Cuba's show clinics, clinics that have succeeded in persuading a small handful of delusionists like herself and Michael Moore that public-only health care under a Socialist/Marxist government is a perfectly adequate and acceptable option for all countries.

It is possible that final phrasing of the amendment will need to be worked out in committee ...

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No one will be forced to change healthcare plans what significance would you take from their refusal to change theirs?

I suppose conservatives would jump all over a public option if they all agreed?

You propose this as some litmus test which even if passed would mean nothing to you.


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