Members of Congress presently get health insurance coverage through the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), which offers enrollees nearly 300 choices among a variety of plans, coverages and costs.
The FEHBP covers federal employees and retirees, as well as Members of Congress, though the latter have additional perks of office that make their health coverage far better than that available – or affordable – for the vast majority of working Americans.
Public anger may explain why the White House is now insisting that Congress has not exempted itself from the Public Option, most notably in this new “Reality Check” video on the White House web site featuring former ABC reporter Linda Douglas, who now flaks for Obama as communications director for the White House Office of Health Care Reform.
The problem is, according to The Heritage Foundation’s Robert Moffitt, the White House assertion is “incorrect.”
And in this video Moffit points to 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.
Predictably, however, the Heller amendment was defeated, with all 21 committee Democrats voting against it. That vote is indicative of the reality that any bill requiring Congress to be covered by the same health care as the public has the proverbial snow ball in Hades’ chances of being enacted.
As always, watch what the politicians do, not what they say. Take a minute to watch the video again, as the communications director for the White House Office of Health Care Reform lies to your face.
There are more videos at the Fix Health Care Policy site dedicated to fact checking:
Rather than debate the substance, the White House is in full campaign mode in order to label any opposition to its government-heavy health reform agenda as “misinformation” or “myths you’ve heard.” Case in point: The White House now has a taxpayer-funded Web site to “reality check” credible criticisms and arguments. Problem is the videos “debunking” each “myth” are low on facts.
We would not trust government (regardless of political affiliation) with our nation’s healthcare even if they were well intentioned, and this shows they certainly are not.
Here’s some background reading on the issue of reforming healthcare in the United States:
- A Liberty Issue
- Markets, Not Mandates
- Healthcare Reform Ideas From Charles Krauthammer
- Does The Government Want To Eliminate Private Insurance?
- Why America’s Healthcare System Is Better Than You Think: A Top 10