A Citizen’s Proposal In Terms of the Health Care Debate

As the spin cycle finishes yet another round of half truth, misinformation, and shinning a light on peripheral issues instead of tackling the serious concern of the health of the nation, I wish to put forward a proposal regarding the current health care debate. There are many “nuts and bolts” about various health care proposals that have to do more with the “behind the scenes” interest-based pockets that fund political careers that I could bring to the conversation, as well as workable alternatives that will move us closer to a sustainable and adequate, and working health care system. But my concern at this moment is with holding members of US congress and senate beholden to those to whom they took an oath to represent: The People.

As I understand our political process, at least in its ideal operation: elected official ought to represent the interest of the people, and therefore, their opinions and proposals are to be, as far as it is possible in a democracy in light of the compromises and bi-partisanship game of Twister often played in our government, in line with their interests as well. Of course, we could easily agree that this is not state of affairs of our Republic. But for argument sake lets supposes that this is the case.

Here is my Citizen’s Proposal:

For the duration of their elected term of service members of Congress and the Senate, as well as their dependents, be required to adhere to the Health Care Bill they ratify as their Primary medical coverage.

Given that elected officials of Congress and the Senate represent the people that voted them into this position, and in so doing, they look out for their constituencies’ interest, I propose that in terms of the Health Care Bill, that as a project of law, the Health Care Bill includes the following provisions:

  • For the duration of their elected term of service members of Congress and the Senate, as well as their dependents, the President, and all of the White House Staff be required to adhere to the Health Care Bill they ratify as their Primary medical coverage.
  • That failure to adhere to the Health Care Bill ratified will result in the immediate forfeiture of their elected seat.
How much trust should the People put in a replacement plan to which the drafters and supporters will not entrust the care of themselves or their dependents?

In my estimation, this may be, at this moment, the only avenue that citizens may have to trust a process that is in the Spirit of Democracy: Of the People, By the People, and For their People. How much trust should the People put in a replacement plan to which the drafters and supporters will not themselves entrust the care of themselves or their dependents? There seems to be a bit of sense working its way through the Senate, as members of the Republic Party withdrew their support of a Repeal Only Plan.