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July 23, 2009

Put Them on the Spot

Quote of the Day: “Ironically, as we’re moving toward having our government completely control health care, countries with government-run health care are moving in the opposite direction. Almost every European country has introduced market reforms to reduce health costs and increase the availability and quality of care.” — David Gibberman, writing in “American Thinker” (HT: Professor Mark Perry, Carpe Diem blog)

Subject: Put them on the spot

We like to find levers — proposals that can accomplish a lot with a little. Ideas like our “Read the Bills Act” and our “One Subject at a Time Act” are classic examples. Well, Senator Tom Coburn has found a lever of his own . . .

He proposed an amendment in the Senate Health Committee that would require members of Congress to switch from their current health insurance plans to any government provided insurance scheme that’s created as part of proposed health care legislation.

This really put the members of the Senate Health Committee on the spot. If their plan is really so good, shouldn’t members of Congress be subject to it too? Every Republican but one (Judd Gregg) voted for the amendment, but so did the Chair, Democrat Chris Dodd, as well as Democrats Barbara Mikulski and Ted Kennedy. But . . .

It’s notable that Democratic Senators Sherrod Brown, Sheldon Whitehouse, and even self-admitted socialist Bernie Sanders, all voted against the amendment. Socialized health insurance that’s good enough for you, apparently isn’t good enough for them.

We need to do to the entire Congress what Senator Coburn did to the Senate Health Committee — put them on the spot.

Please use’s health care campaign to send your Congressional employees another message opposing government controlled health care, and favoring free market reforms.

This time, please use your personal comments to say the following (you can cut and paste if you want). . .

I approve of the Coburn amendment added to the Senate health care bill. Congress should have to switch their health insurance coverage to any so-called “public plan” they create for the American people. If you aren’t willing to do that then you shouldn’t be voting for this bill.

To stay on pace and exceed the 43,290 messages Downsizers sent to Congress last month we must send 894 messages today.

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