Vitter Measure Blocks Senators From Exempting Themselves from a Government Health Care Plan
U.S. Sen. David Vitter today introduced a resolution stating that senators must enroll in any public, federal government-run health care plan created by Congress as a part any comprehensive health care reform legislation. Members of Congress can currently choose from a variety of health care plans and providers under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.
"As members of the U.S. Senate, we are entitled to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, which offers a wide variety of choices and providers," said Vitter. "This resolution would prevent senators from exempting themselves from a government run program and keeping their current benefits. Senators should not be mandating that other Americans join a government health care program that they have no intention of joining themselves."
The current congressional health care proposals supported by the president exempt members of Congress from the government-run health care option. Vitter's resolution states that Congress should lead by example and enroll in the very same government-run healthcare plan that they create for their constituents.
"Congress has a bad habit of exempting itself from the problems it inflicts on the American people," Vitter said. "It is past time that the members of Congress endure the consequences of those egregious laws that they inflict on the American public."
U.S. Rep. John Fleming has introduced a similar resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives.