Saturday, July 18, 2009

Senate Democrats Reject Public Option for Themselves

Senate Democrats voted in committee Tuesday to reject submitting themselves and their staffs to the Public Health Plan Option.

The Wall Street Journal via Maggie's Farm:

On Tuesday, the Senate health committee voted 12-11 in favor of a two-page amendment courtesy of Republican Tom Coburn that would require all Members and their staffs to enroll in any new government-run health plan. Yet all Democrats -- with the exceptions of acting chairman Chris Dodd, Barbara Mikulski and Ted Kennedy via proxy -- voted nay.

In other words, Sherrod Brown and Sheldon Whitehouse won't themselves join a plan that "will offer benefits that are as good as those available through private insurance plans -- or better," as the Ohio and Rhode Island liberals put it in a recent op-ed. And even a self-described socialist like Vermont's Bernie Sanders, who supports a government-only system, wouldn't sign himself up.
Only a private sector health plan, WellPoint, is good enough for Congressional Democrats and their staffs. The public option is good enough for the great unwashed masses.

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Tom said...

No surprised - Congress already thinks they are better than the Average American.

Indigo Red said...

The only surprise here is that the committee Dems allowed this to come to a recorded vote.