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February 1, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Why does Congress get free health care?

I think if the Supreme Court rules President Barack Obama’s health care law to be unconstitutional, then what we the people are giving Congress (free health care) should be unconstitutional. The freebies for Congress should be stop, and they should find and pay for their own health care, not the taxpayers.

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  1. Michael,

    As Mel Brooks put it, it's good to be the king.

  2. I'm with you, Michael, but would go even further. I would eliminate defined pensions for all elected officials - be it local, state or federal - and make them contribute to 401(k) or IRAs just like their bosses (the taxpayers) do. It's rarely discussed but the enormous pensions politicians have voted themselves is outrageous and undeserved. Since most of them, especially the Washington plutocrats, are in the 1%, let them fund their own pension and health insurance costs. Let's also put term limits on them. If it's good enough for state & local politicians plus the President of the USA, it's good enough for the creepy-crawlers that infest the halls of Congress! Richard Lugar has been in office 36 years! That's 24 years too long, yet he wants another term! Jesse Helms & Robert Byrd made careers out of telling us what to do and that's not the way the Founders, best exemplified by George Washington, intended it to be. We need "citizen" legislators, not professional crooks, liars & thieves in office!

  3. Why does Congress get free health care? Some of them are obviously sick and many have a pre-existing condition - Delusions of Adequacy!

  4. Congress doesn't. They are covered by the federal employees plan with The same co pays and deductibles.
    Where do people get this NONSENSE.

  5. Congress is busy with the minutia and does not have time for the real issues before us. They took the time to make sure they have pensions and health care--note Gabby retired out after 5 years. Wonder why she didn't resign sooner? We are so tired of Congressional hearings on anything and everything yet they don't have time to deal with a balanced budget, securing our borders, deporting the illegals, crime on our streets, endless deployments, foreign give aways, failure to collect war debts, paying back the national debt....

    You guys need to work for Fox.
    If Giffords made it 5 years she wool be entitled to a small pension. If she didn't she is outa luck. A few bucks a month for getting your head blown off. Ain't worth it to me.

  7. Let's dispel the notion that 'all government workers are living high off the hog'...

    NO ONE worth hiring is going to do 'your work' at what some here consider 'fair' compensation...

    Many among us are woefully misinformed as to what government employees in general (and Congress-people in this instance) receive in wage & benefit packages.

    Those of you that believe (falsely) that all these gigs are such pickles;
    Get out there and apply for a few of them! (or run for office)...
    Let us know how that goes for ya.
    Please, as you move through the process, keep us informed!

  8. It isn't just congress; it's all public sectors in all branches of local, state and federal government. The initial reasoning for free healthcare was because wages and salaries were below free enterprise where it was a way to attract personal to come work for the government.

    When they became unionized the negotiated contracts and the federal pay system became unbalanced to their benefit.

    They don't need free healthcare anymore unless we cut their wages down where we can justify free medical and their other perks they get today. If they want it today, laws and contracts need to change where the public sector pays their fair share.