There is one simple question that everyone should ask their representatives in congress as a simple litmus test as to the confidence and effectiveness of the proposed national healthcare plan. Call them and ask this one straightforward question and await their response:
Will you and the other members of congress be subject to the same provisions of this healthcare plan?
Unless they lie to you (which is quite possible) they either side-step the question in typical politician style, stutter and stammer and attempt to explain themselves out of the issue, or they will let you know that a provision was added to the bill which eliminates them from being a part of the new system.
Congress and their families currently receive health care through the public-option-free, Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) which allows members of Congress to choose between 283 private health insurance plans. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) proposed an amendment that would require all members of Congress and their staffs to enroll in the newly-created public health insurance plan. His amendment passed by just one vote in the Senate Health Committee. In the House, Rep. Dean Heller (R-NV) offered a similar amendment and all 21 Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee voted it down. Apparently, the plan is good enough for us, but not good enough for them. Ane alarms going off yet??? (Information via www.heritage.org)