The Washington Times - July 15, 2009, 03:36PM

Update 7/16/09 -  Fox News Channel interviewed Congressman Fleming today, and he reveled there were no Democrat co-sponsors on House Resolution 615 (h/t Freedom’s Lighthouse)


In the wake of the healthcare reform debate, Rep. John Fleming, R-La., introduced House Resolution 615 last week. This bill would force members of congress who vote for a government run healthcare option to agree to choose a government run healthcare program to enroll themselves in as well as their families. Congressman Fleming went to the floor of the House and said:

“Gradually, the details of the Democrat Health Plan are leaking out to the American people. Call it whatever you like this proposal is nothing more than a government run healthcare plan if it has a government run option. Interestingly it exempts members of congress from having to join a government run healthcare system. As a physician for many years, I’m amazed at the number of congressman who have enjoyed high quality personalized healthcare in this country, but are now willing to force post office style medicine on our people. In response to this I have offered a resolution that would give members of congress an opportunity to finally be accountable for the decisions we make and how they affect the lives of ordinary Americans. Most Americans feel that congressman who vote for legislation creating a government run healthcare plan should lead by example and enroll themselves in the same public plan. I agree with them. As a result, I have introduced House Resolution 615 with a number of co-sponsors that simply says that if you vote for a government run healthcare option, you agree to choose government run healthcare for yourself and your family. I encourage members of both parties to vote for this. Thank you.”