Fighting Without Skin in the Game

Usually when two sides fight over a contentious issue, both have skin in the game. But when the government fights American citizens, it’s with bully tactics, intimidation, threats and not about the well-being of anyone.

Which is probably one of the biggest reasons that Americans and Californians are really angry about government health care… no one in Congress has to use it; Congress has its own Cadillac medical plan.

This demonstrates very clearly how the core issue is government expansion and control. It’s not as if congresspersons were fighting for a benefit they will use or need.

Elected politicians no longer bother trying to sell citizen representation as their cause, and instead enjoy lifestyles of the rich and famous, without having to pay for it the way the rich do.

Private jet travel, trips to far away places under the auspices of government business, rock star treatment in public, a large staff to tend to even the most basic needs, stylists, designer clothing, constant entertainment, fundraisers, television and radio appearances, and power  — and they brutally fought for government controlled health care.

Americans are incensed about being forced to buy the government’s version of medical coverage. Most working or retired Americans already pay for medical plans, as imperfect as they are. For the 12 million of actual uninsured, the government could have picked them up and provided medical care instead of furthering America’s massive debt, sending us further into socialism.

Free market health insurance reform was already on the way with the creation of Health Savings Accounts, as well as Americans demanding reform. The only thing standing in the way of reform was the government.

With no one in Congress having any skin in the game, and Democrats admitting that the purpose is the redistribution of working America’s income, the agenda is painfully evident and unambiguous.

-Katy Grimes

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  1. EastBayLarry
    EastBayLarry 30 March, 2010, 14:10

    Yes, the elitists feel that only they are smart enough to figure out the average persons’ needs. Only they can shape our future for the ‘best’ of all the people.
    The ‘best’ usually ends up somewhere below average of what us ‘average’ types were doing for ourselves on our own without help and, after the governemnt ‘help’, our old ‘average’ is no longer even available.
    I have health insurance. I’m NOT always happy with the premiums and the co-pay has increased over the years, but I did this myself, on my own, without government assistance.
    I KNOW that much of the rising costs in premiums and co-pays is caused by the ever increasing government ‘mandates’ that this or that service be covered if my insurer wants to keep doing business in California. I would gladly have a lower premium and know that if I want acupuncture, I will have to pay for it out of my own pocket.

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  2. David
    David 30 March, 2010, 14:25

    Your article is incorrect. Section 1312 of the health reform law says: “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, after the effective date of this subtitle, the only health plans that the Federal Government may make available to Members of Congress and congressional staff with respect to their service as a Member of Congress or congressional staff shall be health plans that are (I) created under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act); or (II) offered through an Exchange established under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act).”

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  3. PRI
    PRI Author 31 March, 2010, 11:23

    I beg to differ David:
    A big part of the story during the health care debate was whether members of Congress would commit to being in the same health care exchanges as American citizens, or whether they would hang on to their government plans — that’s why leadership chose to add this portion to the bill, serving as a guarantee that members would participate in the same health plans as the people. Here’s the relevant text:

    (D) MEMBERS OF CONGRESS IN THE EXCHANGE-

    (i) REQUIREMENT- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, after the effective date of this subtitle, the only health plans that the Federal Government may make available to Members of Congress and congressional staff with respect to their service as a Member of Congress or congressional staff shall be health plans that are–

    (I) created under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act); or

    (II) offered through an Exchange established under this Act (or an amendment made by this Act).

    here’s the page: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h3590/text?version=eas&nid=t0:eas:1403

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  4. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 16 September, 2015, 15:20

    How many knots could you tie in the stupid Jackasses(Demacrats)tail before it takes notice?

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