H.Res.615 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Members who vote in favor of the establishment of a public, federal government run health insurance option are urged to forgo their right to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and agree to enroll under that public option.

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  • Official: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Members who vote in favor of the establishment of a public, federal government run health insurance option are urged to forgo their right to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and agree to enroll under that public option. as introduced.

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  • MissKiff 07/16/2009 9:40am

    It’s about time Congress reap the consequences of their actions! Americans shouldn’t get healthcare Congress isn’t willing to have for their own family. NO IMMUNITY!!!

  • SunShadow 07/17/2009 9:00am

    Any health care “reform” bill needs to include cessation of the FEHBP option for ALL federal government employees up to and including the President. Congressional leaders along with the President repeatedly call for citizen “sacrifice”; they all need to sacrifice as well. None of them have the right to impose their choice on the citizenry without subjecting themselves to the same choice.

  • PATGUARDYAK 07/19/2009 7:12am

    The Congress and all federal employees should have to forego all of their special benefits and fully participate in the programs that they create for the citizens they represent – this includes Social Security too. Federal employees have their own pension plan that is separate from Social Security. I believe that if the members of Congress were forced to participate in the programs that they create then we as citizens would finally get some cost and performance effective results.

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    fortermlimits 08/15/2009 7:58am
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  • NanaG 07/20/2009 11:26am

    I think they should be forced to share in Social Security as well. They keep trying to tell us this is and “entitlement” program. Entitlement my *!!!! We all paid into us (forced by the government for our ‘retirement’) then they proceeded to steal the funds and blow them on their pet projects. Now they should have to share in contribution to it along with the rest of us.

  • Browning 07/20/2009 5:30pm

    And while we’re at it, how about ending the practice of a congressman receiving his/her FULL annual salary for life once they leave office? This extraordinary tax-payer funded benefit kicks in after only 1 term in office. Our founding fathers called people like this despots.

  • glr 07/28/2009 10:38am

    About time someone stood up for We the people! But of course why would they pass this and reduce their our health care. My hat is off to Congressman Fleming. This should also be case for SS.

    Next should be term limits for all!

  • ilene2theright1 07/28/2009 4:36pm

    Fleming rules! now let’s just see how many dems go on this road.
    I wish there was a way to send a general letter to Congress- and the Senate-
    that this must be mandatory- if they sign this bill—-
    any ideas out there?

  • pramsey 07/30/2009 2:25pm

    AMEN to all of the above. When military service men/women retire after 20 years of commitment to put their lives on the line, they get 50%. Congress gets 100% after ONE term(?) of lining their pockets.

    Unfortunately, it would take a lot of back bone to get this enforced. Is a Resolution binding? I’ll have to look that up, but if the HONORABLE Mr Fleming were in CT he would get my vote.

  • pramsey 08/01/2009 8:08am

    I did a little digging on the congressional retirement issue. The common idea described above is not true, but last week I would have agreed. Even so, it is WAY better than any of us common folk would ever dream of.

    See this link to the National Tax payers union “http://www.ntu.org/main/page.php?PageID=20”

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    fortermlimits 08/15/2009 8:23am
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    Thank you for the website.

  • tanzylynne 08/22/2009 10:48am

    This is idiotic. If we were discussing a single-payer plan, then of course they would have to go on the single-payer plan. Everyone would (unless they like wasting money on duplicative insurance or want to pay for additional perks like in other countries with single-payer).

    But the public option is just that – an OPTION. Nobody is forcing you to take the public option, why would you take their ability to choose away from them? What a silly, senselessly punitive concept.

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    sarahfalk 09/13/2009 6:54pm

    Exactly!! It’s an option…how do people not understand that!? It’s for those without insurance, or those unhappy with their current plan.

  • Rocksolidrocko 08/26/2009 7:15am

    If the government is running a Public option then all Government employees should be enrolled into that plan as part of their federal benefits package. The fed should not offer anything but this plan to their employees, since it is we the public paying for it. All employees then have the option to go out and buy private insurance or supplements with their hard earned money. So dare I say not just the members of congress that vote for the public option but all members of congress will have that as their employer provided plan.

  • Betonavette 09/03/2009 3:29pm

    I support this bill 100% and so should all the elected morons who are cramming this down our throats. But……..I bet they don’t want NO part of this one!

  • Betonavette 09/03/2009 3:32pm
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    Now, I wonder whether Rev. Wright, Nancy “Puker Face” Pelosi, Barbara “BoxCar” Boxer, Van Jones “The Commie”, Billy Ayers, Angela Davis and Louis Farakhan will be in favor of signing on to this bill and give it a “push” through the halls of Congress??

  • Betonavette 09/04/2009 7:18am
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    Why, why doesn’t the liberal media bring this bill into the forefront? Because it would be very embarassing to the Democratic Party. No one would would close to talking about this bill for the obvious reason.

  • LibertarianLady 09/06/2009 2:23pm

    Congress shouldn’t be able to have their cake and eat it too. They ought to have the same standard of care that they think the rest of the nation should have.

  • Betonavette 09/07/2009 7:01am

    The public option, run and funded by the government would be a complete disaster within five years because of the amount of people that would be involved in healthcare. Medicare, Medicarid, The Post Office and Social Security are the best examples of “failure” using taxpayers money to run an entitlement program. Do taxpayers actually think that college students will even consider going into the healthcare profession, taking on huge debts for a degree when the Federal Government is going to be the “regulator” on their income levels? Taking the free market system out of healthcare, coupled with adding millions to the healthcare rolls will ultimately be ….rationing of a system that works quite well as we speak. Refrom is necessary but not the public option way.

  • pepesmom 10/14/2009 11:17am

    Unfortunately this resolution only urges members of Congress to get out of FEHBP and sign up for the public option. What is needed is the stipulation that all of the elitist healthcare and insurance options afforded Congress, by their own enactments, be held to the same provisions that will apply to private insurance held by the currently insured. This is the only way we will get a fair enactment of a healthcare insurance bill unless they prefer to open up their insurance plans to the general public, again any provisions pertaining to all. Whether you are for or against this additional elephant to our already failed and failing government run programs, to demand that Congress and federal employees be treated exactly as the rest of us is our right. Congress has enacted TARP, 2 stimulus packages with little or no checks and balances or accountability, initiated cash for clunkers giving people who already could afford a new car a discount, but also took them out of future car sales.

  • Constitutionalist1 10/25/2009 12:48pm

    Urge? It should be mandatory. What’s good for us is good for them. If we have to be subjected to mediocrity and poorer healthcare under socialized medicine, then so should they. I guarantee that no health care bill would pass if them and their families health were in the mix.

  • eohusby 11/18/2009 2:51pm

    Congressmen and women make $174,000 a year. Why don’t you buy your own insurance instead of living off the public dole?

  • sammy97531 11/20/2009 8:44am

    Thank you for sponsoring this resolution. It is important that a new health care bill that makes it mandatory for EVERYONE, also includes CONGRESS. Come up with a healthcare bill that is good for everyone!!! Also agree that Congress should not have their own retirement system and benefits that the American public does not get to vote on. Wouldn’t we all like to vote our own raise and benefits!!!

  • janineee 03/11/2010 7:08am

    Yeah, sure. I’ll agree to this when every congress member who votes for war, has to go fight in it.

  • xymoxicillin 04/09/2010 10:24pm

    if they’re gonna pick a side to give up their public health care privileges, it should be the ones who vote against it. it’s not very fair that they get government-run health care superior to ours, then vote against it, so that we can’t have it ourselves.

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