Oh what a shame it is that we have so many long term members of government. You remember when it was supposed to be for the people by the people. Those days are now long, long gone it appears. But sunlight is always makes a good disinfectant so luckily more and more of the fungus is drying up in Washington. Seems the public health debate is just one more dose of sunlight on the hypocrisy of the lives of the very people Americans trust to have their back.
On October 22nd, Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-NY) released an internal study showing 151 members of Congress “currently receive government-funded; government-administered single-payer health care — Medicare.” This morning on C-Span, Weiner explained the idea behind the project:
“You have members of Congress thumping their chest how they’re against government health care,” Weiner noted, adding, “and yet when it’s time for them to accept Medicare, they’re like, ‘Sign me up!’’
WEINER: It’s more another way of looking at this debate, this discussion about the public option, to put it in focus. We went, just out of curiosity, looked at how many members of Congress get the public option. And I know a lot of people have said, “Well under the new bill, how many of you members of Congress would choose the public option?”
Well there already is one; it’s called Medicare. We found 55 Republicans and 151 members of Congress are on Medicare right now. So they’re already getting the same type of public option that we’d like people who are without insurance to be able to get. And I guess the purpose of this list was to kind of point out some of the hypocrisy of this debate.
Of those 151 members, 55 are Republicans who also happen to be “steadfastly opposed [to] other Americans getting the public option, like the one they have chosen.” Included on Weiner’s list are anti-public option crusaders Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sen. Orin Hatch (R-UT), Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Rep. Peter King (R-NY), Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY).
Better yet here is Weiner confronting is fellow colleagues and challenges the Republicans to Put-Up or Shut-Up on Healthcare.
Doesn’t get much better than this. It’s about time we call them out just for the hypocrites and anti-Americans they are.