I’m watching the Senate Health Committee debates. Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn (R) introduced an amendment that as far as I could tell required members of the Senate to participate in whatever public plan they create for the common man and woman, apparently instead of the lush plan the taxpayer subsidizes for them now. It always pains me to give credit to Republicans but lets give credit where credit is due. Senator Coburn – on this one you rock.
Chairman Chris Dodd immediately accepted the amendment however, New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman (D) objected. He didn’t see why, since the public plan would be voluntary, he ( and others among the ruling class) should be forced to participate in something that the proposed law specifically says would be voluntary. That’s completely rational.
Of course it might be different if the taxpayer wasn’t subsidizing his royal behind. If he had to deal with the disaster of the US health care “system” created by his chamber and their lower house brethren that public option might look pretty good.
Or would it? The amendment lost.
So I guess the Senate Health Committee doesn’t have much faith in the quality of the public option. They won’t give up their privilege but we have to pay for both their privilege and the public option they won’t subject their families to.
So much for living the change you want to see in the world.