Forwarded email trumpets an online petition favoring a House resolution urging all members of Congress to enroll in any new 'government-run' or 'public option' health care plan created by Congress.
Description: Forwarded email
Circulating since: Sep. 2009
Status: True, with spin
Email example contributed by Becci B., Sep. 23, 2009:
Subject: FWD: HR 615
On Tuesday, the Senate health committee voted 12-11 in favor of a two-page amendment, courtesy of Republican Tom Coburn which would require all Members of Congress and their staff members to enroll in any new government-run health plan.
Congressman John Fleming has proposed an amendment that would require Congressmen and Senators to take the same health care plan that they would force on us. (Under proposed legislation they are exempt.)
Congressman Fleming is encouraging people to go to his Website and sign his petition. The process is very simple. I have done just that at:
Senator Coburn and Congressman Fleming are both physicians.
Regardless of your political beliefs, it sure seems reasonable that Congress should have exactly the same medical coverage that they impose on the rest of us.
Please urge as many people as you can to do the same!
Analysis: As advertised, HR 615 is a short, non-binding House resolution introduced by Congressman John Fleming on July 8, 2009.
It reads as follows:
Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Members who vote in favor of the establishment of a public, Federal Government run health insurance option are urged to forgo their right to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and agree to enroll under that public option.
Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that Members who vote in favor of the establishment of a public, Federal Government run health insurance option are urged to forgo their right to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and agree to enroll under that public option.
Given that the legislation is non-binding and most if not all of the 95 or so Republicans who have signed on as co-sponsors would never vote in favor of establishing a "government-run" or "public" health care option in the first place, the content of the bill is obviously concerned more with politics than substance.
Sources and further reading:
Text of H. Res. 615
A Public Option Primer
CBS News, 2 November 2009
Public Option for Congress
TheHill.com, 22 October 2009
Last updated: 11/05/09