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Healthcare: Hypocritic Oath

November 6, 2009

Hypocritic Oath

IBD: 6 Nov. 2009

Public Option: Congressional Democratic leaders insist on a government health coverage option. But if it’s so great, why won’t they themselves be covered by it?

If you thought Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., caused a stir when he yelled, “You Lie!” during the State of the Union, just watch him expose the hypocrisy of liberal Democrats in Congress.

Democrats want a government-run health insurance scheme to “keep the insurance companies honest.” But Blue Cross/Blue Shield warns of dire consequences:

• “Millions of people would lose their current private coverage they are happy with …”

• The federal government “will underpay providers — even if negotiated rates are initially used — creating major access issues, including long waits for services with some providers closing their doors …”

• Any “government-run plan will use its built-in advantages — no matter how it is initially structured — to take over the market” via “price-setting based on Medicare” or through the use of “existing government programs as leverage for negotiations.”

If it’s worth turning the private health care industry upside down like that, this must be a solid gold system Congress is establishing. Everyone will want it, right?

Wrong. Members of Congress certainly don’t. They’d rather keep the “Cadillac” coverage they’ve enjoyed for years, with its hundreds of private insurance options and heavily taxpayer-subsidized premiums.

“If this government-run plan is so good, why don’t members of Congress take the plan?” Wilson asked Wednesday. He proposes that the language in the bill stating that senators and representatives “may” enroll in the government plan be changed to “must” enroll.

The Democratic Congress’ hypocrisy typifies the arrogance of professional politicians who like to dictate how others live, while shielding themselves from their own laws’ consequences.

Legions of liberal lawmakers in the pockets of public school teachers unions, for instance, refuse to allow the poor access to private schools through vouchers — yet at the same time send their own kids to the private schools they can afford.

In the same spirit, Congress funded a Congressional Management Foundation study on how politicians can avoid interacting with constituents.

If House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid think government health care is so great, let them and their colleagues lead the way in walking the plank.

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