Note that Edwards says:
When I’m president, I’m going to say to members of Congress and members of my administration including my cabinet, I’m glad that you have health care coverage and your family has health care coverage. But if you don’t pass universal health care by July 2009, in six months, I’m going to use my power as president to take your health care away from you.
First thing, as David has noted, is that no, it’s not unconstitutional. Congressional health care is funded by the Legislative Branch Appropriations act. And yes, the President can veto that.
Not only did Joe Klein and Garrance come out against it, but so did the Clinton campaign.
Can you say “tin ear”? What about “elitist Washington snobs”? What really offends them, one suspects, is that it would take health care away from their friends, family and associates. The people of the bubble. Their people. My God, how cruel to leave someone uncovered!
Because it strikes them as beyond the pale, they went on the attack.
But I’m not seeing it. If ordinary Americans have to buy their own healthcare, why shouldn’t people making 6 figures have to? Especially when those same people have the power to make proper health care available to ordinary Americans. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
I’m betting that if there’s a poll done on this proposal the results will support Edwards.
Besides, all Franke-Ruta’s and Klein’s friends on the Hill have to do is vote through the appropriations bill in large enough numbers that the Pres can’t veto it. Since it’ll be under veto threat, and the issue will be known to the public, it won’t be the usual “vote ourselves perks because no one’s watching” bill. But still all they have to do is say “I’ve got mine, and I’m keeping it, to hell with all the uninsureds and underinsureds.” Since keeping their health insurance is so important to them I’m sure they’re willing to just vote accordingly.
In the last two years, two people I knew in the States died, who almost certainly would have lived if they had good health care or good insurance. But hey, they weren’t in Congress, so they could just go away and DIE as far as Congressmembers and their enablers like Klein and Franke-Ruta are concerned.
I wonder who else I know, struggling to make ends meet and with no insurance or lousy insurance, will die next. I really do.
Health care isn’t an urgent issue in Congress, because Congress’s healthcare is just fine.
No, I’m with David on this. Until I see a (reliable) poll saying that Americans don’t like Edwards’ proposal, my guess is that this sort of suggestion will go over just fine. And I won’t cry one damn tear if the folks who could give Americans healthcare, but won’t, lose their insurance.
But they won’t. You know it, and I know it. All this proposal does is highlight the fact that they live in a privileged bubble and that the reason they don’t even try to fix the problems of ordinary Americans is because they don’t share them.