11 thoughts on “Members of Congress: Not Rocket Surgeons

  1. This whole thing might be simplified if we just flipped it around and put everybody in America on the government-run health plan that members of Congress get.

  2. I think it would be great if the members of Congress had to enroll in public health insurance. Why, it might even be done correctly then . . .

  3. I would dearly love to see the members of Congress required to draw lots and be assigned insurance plans proportionately with the number of Americans who have the same plan.
    About one in seven Americans is uninsured? Okay, each year a random drawing would pick the seven Senators and sixty-odd Representatives who by law will go bare-ass that year. If just under one percent of Americans have solid-gold-Cadillac executive-style plans that cover everyfnthing, five members of Congress would get solid-gold-Cadillac plans that year too.
    So that if my Congressman happens to be solid gold this year, he still gets to go to sleep every night knowing that there’s next year, when he has an excellent chance of having to go naked instead.
    So that if he’s the one in seven who goes skin-to-the-wind this year, he gets to go to sleep each night knowing that even if he made it through today, one lousy H1N1 sneeze or one screwed-up cell division or one second of inattention at the wheel tomorrow will leave him in pain for the rest of his life, and ruin him financially — or very possibly kill him outright, just like the forty-odd-thousand other Americans who die each year of things that could be cured, if only they could afford to go to the doctor.
    I would really, really enjoy to know that they too have taken deep into their souls that particular version of counting sheep, that keeps you awake with the night sweats instead of sending you off to sweet dreamland.
    Let them live with that for a few years, with the lucky ones that drew decent coverage for the year watching the unlucky ones that didn’t die off and fade away, and the ones without coverage working side by side with the ones who have the Cadillac plans and letting them know, as friend to friend and colleague to colleague, that it’s just chance that keeps them healthy. Or sick, or broke and dying.
    One in seven odds.

  4. Fantastic idea, Fleas. If only we could correlate that with state-to-state coverage, as well. Wisconsin has a higher number of insured residents, in part because of some state plans like Badgercare that have been expanded to cover more people. I’m guessing that places like Louisiana, Mississippi and probably South Carolina are less inclined to take care of their people at the state level. So can we arrange this one-in-seven so that congressfolks from states that don’t cover the Federal neglect have to take a bigger hit?

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