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Congressman John Fleming – Congress Should not be Exempt from Participating in a National Health Plan

Posted Jul 27 2009 11:52pm

  President Obama said Republicans have good ideas too, so here’s one example with a physician in the US House of Representatives, John Fleming, do image not make Congress exempt from participation in a government run health plan.   No matter who’s side you are on, this one makes sense as they are who represent us as citizens and should participate at the same level of what they are voting for, first hand experience is the best.   This is a big problem area, no role models to be found in Congress for the most part.   The Congressman/doctor is also a big proponent of electronic medical records. 

Again, I may not agree with the entire presentation here, but this part makes sense.   On another note too, which requires Congressional education to bring things up to par, back in January I watched the video done at the Senate with testimonies from companies involved in Health IT, Kaiser, Microsoft and nobody in the room knew what a personal health record was, not even the chairman of the committee!  So for education purposes and to properly represent constituents, this idea makes sense so perhaps they can begin voting on reform and understand the full impact of how it filters down to the individual citizen as I see this as one big dark hole that is being missed. 

Investing in Health IT: US Senate Testimonies

The Queen in the UK uses the NHS system, so there’s one example from another country of use of the government health plan.  BD 

Over the past few weeks, members of Congress and the American people have come to know the details of the Administration's proposed health care plan. Call it whatever you like, I believe this proposal is nothing more than government-run health care. As a physician, I am amazed at the number of bureaucrats in this House who are quick to claim a government-run health care plan is the reform this country needs. In response to this, I have offered a resolution that 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 health care plan to lead by example and enroll themselves in the same public plan.

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Under the current draft of the Democrat healthcare legislation, members of Congress are curiously exempt from the government-run health care option, keeping their existing health plans and services on Capitol Hill. If Members of Congress believe so strongly that government-run health care is the best solution for hard working American families, I think it only fitting that Americans see them lead the way. Public servants should always be accountable and responsible for what they are advocating.

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