Senator sues over Congress' health coverage

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  • IDC Boise, ID
    Jan. 7, 2014 2:25 p.m.

    When the government is in control, the government will pick the winners and losers. On top of that, the government is extremely inefficient and is manipulated by special interest groups. Entitlements and ACA are giving the government too much power and we will all be harmed eventually (even those who are getting the handouts).

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Jan. 7, 2014 1:21 p.m.

    Kimber. Please tell us how many signed up for free or subsidized healthcare under Obamacare and how many young and healthy people signed up to pay for it with higher premiums, co-pays and deductibles? The government isn't talking but they are talking about a possible taxpayer bailout of insurance companies. Why would insurance companies need to be bailed out? Its because not enough young people are stupid enough to pay for Obamacare for sick and old people! But Democrats think taxpayer are? One more question, what gives you or anyone the right to tell anyone else their present healthcare coverage is defective? Why should a single man be forced to pay for maternity and mammogram insurance? Obamacare is like Obama burning down your house, showing up too late with an empty water bucket and then lecturing you on how defective your house was in the first place!

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Jan. 7, 2014 11:04 a.m.

    Treating themselves as equals to their constituents is a first step in "eating their own dog food". How about making them pay the full cost of their meals, the full cost of their haircuts, the full cost of everything? Let them fly "standby" when commuting to/from Washington. They could always "upgrade" from their personal funds. Let them put all unspent campaign "donations" into the general fund immediately after every election and limit their spending to that of their opponent (to keep things equal). Let them live in a military barracks while they serve so that they don't think that their position should make them royalty. As far as that goes, their pay should not be any higher than that of a Private, First Class. It they think that a soldier's life is less important than theirs, they should not be "serving".

    Yes, making them pay all costs for their own health insurance and making their staff also pay all costs is a first step, but it is far from the last step necessary. Making those who serve us actually "serve" . Let them "want" to return home after serving one term.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 10:02 a.m.

    "...Senator sues over Congress' health coverage..."

    Only health coverage?

  • Kimber Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 8:26 a.m.

    To "Thid Baker":
    As I stated to you on my contribution, there are many more people that didn't have insurance in the first place, that can have it now. And the people who had policies cancelled had policies that didn't meet the standards of fair coverage and needs to do the same. (Or else they could keep the plans for a year while they look). This is an example of how false and wrong information has been floating around about this and needs studied out. Anybody still needing coverage for this year had until March 31st to do so.

  • ronk-sandy SANDY, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 8:19 a.m.

    This act to provide special benefits for members of congress and their aids is another example that congress lives in a bubble of self-righteousness, of special perks, and living off the rewards of hard working average Americans. Overall, this should incite all of us to seek term-limits for congress so we can get government back to the people where it belongs.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Jan. 7, 2014 6:32 a.m.

    ACA is a textbook example of bad public policy.
    The present phenomenon is the result of it being publicly debated in new media. Far more Americans are engaged in the blow-by-blow debate via the Internet.
    Just a decade ago the whole notion of a different plan for congressional staff would have resulted in a couple of column inches in the back pages of the Washington Post. Now you can read all the details and forward the information to family and friends.
    Will this change the behavior of senators? Will it change our voting patterns? Is information really power?
    Time will tell.

  • Oh, please! Saint George, UT
    Jan. 6, 2014 4:49 p.m.

    With all due respect to Sen. Sensenbrenner, the "unfortunate political stunt" IS Obamacare.

  • Thid Barker Victor, ID
    Jan. 6, 2014 3:59 p.m.

    What? An honest politician who does not believe members of congress should keep their Cadillac, taxpayer subsidized healthcare insurance when 6.2 million Americans have lost their coverage due to Obamacare? Not ONE Democrat would do this, no, not one!