Thursday, February 10, 2011

If It's Good Enough For John Kline....

Since Minnesota Congressman John Kline (R-02) voted last month to repeal Health Care, perhaps he would 'walk the talk' and lead by example: Kline should opt out of his own government provided Health Care before taking ours away. It would go a long way to show his total commitment to this free and open Health Care business market he keeps telling us he supports (but doesn't actually live!).

If it's good enough for John Kline, tell me again...why should we be against it!


Minnesota Central said...

Members of Congress, like all federal employees, have access to health insurance through their employer. The FEHB program provides federal employees with a range of private insurance plans from which they can choose the coverage plan that works best for them and their families. But that doesn’t mean that they have to accept health insurance. Over 20 Republican members of Congress have since declined enrolling in FEHBP; however, the vast majority of these members have a back-up plan for securing health care coverage for them and their families, such as benefits offered through a previous employer, the Veterans Administration and state legislatures.
Do you know if Mr. Kline participates in any plan ? He may not … as a veteran, he could just use TRICARE (which Sec. Gates wants an increase in participants fee)
… or he could be covered under a “family business plan” (his wife gets government subsidies for the “ family farm”, so it is possible that she could cover him that way) … or he could just get his medical care through the Office of the Attending Physician.

What we really need is enacting of House Resolution 169 … which would require disclosure … this information request was rejected by the Republicans in the Rules Committee and now is part of a formal resolution.
One of the sponsors, Joseph Crowley (D-NY) said “It’s easy to spit out rhetoric, but it’s quite another thing to walk the walk. If Republicans wish to take away quality, affordable health care from Americans, then they should no longer be able to hide their benefits from the very public that subsidizes their own care. Taxpayers are our employer. They contribute to our health care coverage and they have the right to know if their representative in Congress is enrolled in taxpayer-subsidized health benefits. If Republicans are serious about their pledge to increase transparency and accountability in Congress, this resolution should receive unanimous support.”

Minnesota Central said...

Never let it be said that John Kline doesn’t meet with his constituents … assuming that you don’t have a 9-5 job and are willing to drive to the outskirts of his district …
PRESS RELEASE : John Kline (R-MN-02) has scheduled a public town hall style meeting for 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27, at the Red Wing Public Library.

Although Mr. Kline’s website does not include a press release, there is word that he will appear at the Chanhassen Library (7711 Kerber Blvd) on Tuesday, April 26 from 2:00pm - 3:00pm.

On the MN Political Roundtable, there is a post asking for questions to be suggested.
For example :
Where’s the Replace in Repeal and Replace Healthcare Reform ?

Why has Kline’s staff salaries increased by over $200,000 over six years ?

What cuts will Kline make in Education funding to fulfill his goal of full funding for school districts to provide public education for children with disabilities ?

Should ethanol subsidies be terminated to reduce gasoline pump prices ?

Please pass the word along to concerned citizens and as always, the Roundtable is open for your thoughts.

AJ said...

John Kline does not care about hard working Americans! if he truly did he would embrace health care for all Americans and not hoard it for himself and his rich friends!