Lowell Weicker...Touts Government-Run Health Insurance

December 28, 2009
by Sam Stein
Huffington Post

Weicker was giving speeches touting the role government should play in the health care system. In a little-noticed address the former senator gave to the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut in late October, he made the following declaration:

Senators and Representatives have great health insurance paid for by the citizenry -- us. In addition, they have a first rate "medical home" with access to check ups and preventive care at the Bethesda Naval Hospital or the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and a complete physician's office in the Capitol. As a retired Senator, I still carry my government health insurance which covers me, my wife, and disabled son at a rate of some three hundred plus dollars a month.

So, I know Congress can take care of itself. Now we need to remind them that they have to take care of the rest of the country. Every American, regardless of race, ethnicity, and economic circumstances should have the opportunity to be as healthy as he or she can be. Since this is a representative democracy, every American deserves the same health care as a member of Congress. If that's too expensive for the nation, then it's too expensive for Congress.

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