On July 8,2009 and on August 5,2009 Rep. Fleming and Sen. Vitter, respectively, introduced resolutions that if passed would required the Congressmen to give up their federal insurance and enroll in the public option provided in the healthcare bill. Both men stated that if Congress thought that this bill was such a good idea then they should be the first to enroll instead of exempting themselves as they do in the healthcare bill. Both of these bills were sent to committee. The House version has been in the Committee of House Administration since July 8th. The Senate version is in the committee of Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs since August 5th.
Since these committees have had over a month to review these resolutions maybe it’s time for the American People started calling them and asking them to send these resolutions on for a vote in the House and Senate. It would force the Representatives and Senators who would vote against it to explain why if they think it’s such a good idea for the American People why it is not a good idea for them. On the other hand it could kill the healthcare bill completely because they will be forced to vote for enrolling themselves and their families and they don’t want the kind of healthcare they are selling.
House Committee of House Administration:
Lungren(CA-3) Ranking Member
Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs:
Collins(ME) Ranking Member