- The Washington Times - Friday, July 31, 2009


Explain to me why 21 members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted to defeat an amendment that would require all members of Congress and the president to enroll in the same government-run health plan that is being proposed by these same members of Congress.

I have been urging my congressional representatives to walk the walk with regard to the health care plan they are proposing. Finally, someone took action. During the House Ways and Means Committee markup, Rep. Dean Heller, Nevada Republican, offered an amendment to the America’s Affordable Health Choices Act (H.R. 3200). This amendment, which was defeated 21-18, would require members of Congress to enroll in the government-run health care program.

Mr. Heller said: “I call on the majority party and the President to lead by example and include provisions in their legislation that requires both the President and Members of Congress to enroll in any new government-run healthcare system. If the government-run ‘public plan’ is good enough for millions of our constituents, then it should be good enough for Members of Congress and the President. I do not believe the federal government should be running health care in our country and levying massive tax increases on America’s small businesses. However, what better way to monitor a government-run healthcare system than to make federal officials participate in the plan.”

I applaud Mr. Heller and the other 17 congressmen who voted for this amendment. Those who voted against the amendment need to be reminded whom they represent. They seem to be most effective at representing themselves.


Reno, Nev.

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