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    SmartMoney Magazine - 10 Things Your  Congressperson Won't Say

    1. "My health benefits are way better than yours . . ."

    Congresspeople love tinkering with our health care. They virtually created the managed-care industry, for instance, with the Health Maintenance Organization Act of 1973, which tilted the playing field in favor of HMOs, ultimately stripping many Americans of all other choices. Meanwhile, congresspeople enjoy more than a dozen options, including prized indemnity plans, which provide reimbursement without limiting the pool of medical care providers, that few workers in the public sector receive. On top of that, for an annual fee of $480, they can get just about all the medical attention they want at the Capitol Office of the Attending Physician, which has five doctors and a dozen assistants on call for routine checkups, tests, prescriptions, emergency care, and mental health services. Who’s making up the difference? Taxpayers, naturally, to the tune of $2.8 million in 2008.

    What happens once a congressperson is out of office? She needn’t fret: Just five years into the job, she’s entitled to keep her regular health coverage until she’s ready for Medicare. And she doesn’t have to pay extra, as you do for Cobra, under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which she voted for in 1996.

    May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Thu Jan 13, 2011 at 01:02:20 PM PST

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