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GOP Lawmaker: Make Congress Give Up Health Perks

Tuesday, 08 Sep 2009 01:01 PM

By Dave Eberhart

Rep. John Fleming, R-La., wants lawmakers to be compelled to enroll in the same reformed healthcare plan that they would like to foist upon the American people.

Fleming, a physician, is the driving force behind House Resolution 615, an enactment he says “will offer members of Congress an opportunity to put their money where their mouth is, and urge their colleagues who vote for legislation creating a government-run healthcare plan to lead by example and enroll themselves in the same public plan.”

The outspoken Fleming, who has consistently made the rounds of the TV circuits discussing healthcare reform, says on his Website that over the last few weeks, the members of Congress and the American people have finally come to know the details of the Administration's proposed healthcare plan.

“Call it whatever you like, I believe this proposal is nothing more than government-run healthcare,” Fleming charges. “As a physician, I am amazed at the number of bureaucrats in this House who are quick to claim a government-run healthcare plan is the reform this country needs.”

Fleming notes that under the current draft of the Democrat healthcare legislation, members of Congress are curiously exempt from the government-run healthcare option, keeping their existing health plans and services on Capitol Hill.

“If Members of Congress believe so strongly that government-run healthcare is the best solution for hard working American families, I think it only fitting that Americans see them lead the way,” he challenges.

The best medicine for all, however, Fleming argues is contained in a bill he co-sponsored called “The Empowering Patients First Act.”

His “Patients First” bill, he maintains, contains all the essential elements of good healthcare reform -- including expanding private insurance to all Americans who want it, removing pre-existing illnesses, portability, subsidies to the working poor, access to excellent primary and specialty care and lawsuit reform.

What’s more, the yeoman heavy-lifting reform chores are all accomplished, he says, “without a government takeover, gutting Medicare, long lines, bureaucrats interfering in the sacred doctor-patient relationship, and it is budget neutral.”

Fleming practiced family medicine for 33 years before becoming a Representative.

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