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Friday, August 14, 2009

The Senate Version Of The Socialized Medicine Bill Exempts Congress From Socialized Health Care

You can look at it on-line here:

Affordable Health Choices Act

Strange name since it limits choice rather than expands it.

I haven't had a chance to go through it yet, but something worth noting here in Section 3116 on Page 111. Subsection (a)(5) defines an "Eligible Individual." It says the following:


(A) IN GENERAL.—The term ‘qualified individual’ means an individual who is—

(v) not eligible for coverage under—

(III) the Federal employees health benefits program under chapter 89 of title 5, United States Code.

Similar language exists on Page 116 under the "Qualifying Coverage" subsection.

What is the upshot of all this? It means that Congress will be exempt from the provisions of this bill. Instead of Congress holding itself to the same standards that they will be voting for other Americans, Congress and Federal Employees will get to keep the sweetheart deals offered under the Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) Program.

Sure wish we regular Joe and Jane Average Americans could get onto that one.

If this socialized medicine plan is so great, why doesn't Congress jump onto it? Why do they feel the need to exempt themselves from it?

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