by Jim Hightower
-- Want good quality, lower-cost health care for
your family. And — what the heck, let’s think big here — for every man,
woman, and child in our society?
how we can finally get Congress to pass such a program.
One: Take away every dime of the multimillion-dollar government subsidy
that members of Congress get to cover their platinum-level health
them have to live with the same exorbitantly expensive, dysfunctional,
and (let’s admit it) sick system of medical profiteering they’ve thrust
all of their special treatments, including shutting down their “Office
of the Attending Physician” — a little-known spot of pure,
100 percent socialized medicine conveniently located in our US Capitol
to provide government-paid doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and others who
give immediate, on-the-spot attention to these special ones.
you might say, they still won’t feel the pain. They’re 1-percenters,
pulling down $174,000 a year each from us taxpayers, meaning they can
afford to buy decent health insurance.
but here comes Step Two: Put all of our congressional goof-offs on
pay them a flat rate whether they produce or not?
example, American babies are one-third
more likely to die in their
first year of life than babies in Poland, which provides universal
health insurance for all of its people.
every year that the U.S. Congress fails to provide health coverage for
every American family, the members should get their pay docked by a
third. Pay them only when they deliver for the people.
Congress finally assures good health care for all of us, then its
members would get the same coverage.
until they deliver for the whole public, the public owes them nothing.
Hightower is a radio commentator, writer, and public speaker. He’s also
the editor of the populist newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown..
This report first appeared at Otherwords.org and is reprinted
here with permission.