Practice What You Preach

“Do as I say, not as I do.”

 This is the attitude Congress has taken in regards to the current health care issue. They want you to be forced to enroll but want to keep their cushy Federal benefits intact. But our very own Louisiana Representative John Fleming, M.D., has introduced a resolution that would require Congress to practice what they preach.

House Resolution 615 would require congressmen and women who vote for the health care bill to enroll in the government option if it passes. Representative Fleming’s website says, “If Members of Congress believe so strongly that government-run health care is the best solution for hard working American families, I think it only fitting that Americans see them lead the way. Public servants should always be accountable and responsible for what they are advocating…any plan that is good enough for American families is good enough for every member of Congress.”

So far more than 90 Representatives have officially signed on to support this resolution, along with 1.1 million citizens who have signed the online petition on Fleming’s website. But unsurprisingly, not a single Democrat has pledged their support.

This begs the question: If the health care “reform” they are pushing for is so great, then why do they not want it for themselves? It makes me think of the new Burger King commercials with Tony Stewart. Why would you endorse something that you have no intention of using?

Fleming’s resolution is a great way to hold Congress accountable for the reform they pass. I personally have signed the petition and am proud that my Congressman was the one to propose this. Louisiana politics has long been a joke, but Representative Fleming’s actions give me hope for the future of our state and our nation.

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