Congress should repeal its own health care plan

February 04, 2011

For me personally the federal health care reform act was long in coming and provided an important safety net.

Republicans (and probably others in Congress) with their own Cadillac-style health plans (paid for with our tax dollars) have no understanding of the difficulties of getting adequate, affordable health insurance when you are between 50 and 65 years of age and have one or more pre-existing conditions. It is just not available, and any small business owner or entrepreneur is just one illness away from total financial ruin.

To understand the health care mess, you have to experience it first-hand. Thus Congress should immediately repeal the health care plans they offer to themselves and their staff and go into the private market and purchase health care. Let each Senator and Representative run his office like we small business owners.

Additionally, I believe Americans should have the right not to carry health insurance, but with that right comes to responsibility to either pay cash for treatment or to suffer the consequences as dire as they might be.

Emil Becker, Edgewater

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