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So much for transparency.

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives approved a rules package on Wednesday, the first day of business for the 112th Congress, that will dictate the way the legislature operates this year and reflects a shift to Republican control of the lower chamber. The bill passed on a party-line vote, with 240 Republicans in favor and 191 Democrats against.

One measure that didn't make it into the rules package was a proposal by Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) that would have required all members to disclose whether they are taking advantage of their federal health insurance plan within 15 days of taking the oath of office. Crowley's measure also split on a party-line vote, with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed.

There's one new member we know for sure will be accepting the federal health insurance plan, even though he still has to wait a few weeks to get it.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 06:15 PM PST.

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  •  GOP HOUSE: Do as we say, not as we do. (12+ / 0-)

    Fed Healthcare good for Congress, bad for Americans

    Same shit, different year.

    by BentLiberal on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 06:17:06 PM PST

  •  Why isn't this a requirement... (6+ / 0-)

    in Boehner's new, open regime...?

    "Rights aren't rights if someone can take 'em away. They're privileges." - George Carlin

    by Hedwig on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 06:17:25 PM PST

  •  Wonder if he's in favor of benefits for (0+ / 0-)

    elected officials in El Paso. :P

    I offer my opponents a bargain:  if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them.  ~Adlai Stevenson

    by progdog on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 06:18:39 PM PST

  •  The GOP is already preparing the ground (5+ / 0-)

    to avoid any fiscal accountability for their actions.

    It won't work, but you can't blame them for trying...it's the GOP way.

    Their promises always lead to cover ups.

    it tastes like burning...

    by eastvan on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 06:20:15 PM PST

  •  Pay no attention to the excellent health care plan (6+ / 0-)
    behind the curtain.

    " It's shocking what Republicans will do to avoid being the 2012 presidential nominee."

    by jwinIL14 on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 06:23:05 PM PST

    •  From the "I've got mine" Playbook... (5+ / 0-)

      http://www.smartmoney.com/...

      5. "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.

      From: Smart Money - 10 Things Your Congressperson Won't Say

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

      by msmacgyver on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 06:52:54 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I spent the better part of two days (3+ / 0-)

        researching health care for congress members a few months ago. Wasn't easy, but I did.

        And the undeniable conclusion is that what they get is far and away more and better than what I ever had in my best, most cushy job.

        Cry me a river, those of you who would deny what you have to everyone else.

        We are about to be attacked by Al Qaeda. Wave flags if you have them. That always seems to scare them away. I'm kidding. - Kurt Vonnegut

        by not a cent on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 07:02:36 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  I went looking for the amount we pay (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          not a cent

          for congresscritters to have such attentive staffs, and the answer is...

          http://www.smartmoney.com/...

          7. "I enjoy great perks and gifts, and it’s all legal."

          Working on Capitol Hill comes with a lot of fringe benefits. Congresspeople enjoy taxpayer-subsidized gyms, salons and restaurants, free parking, and a nice office. They also get $1-million-plus allowances per year for staff, mail, and travel home, where they can rent another office and lease a car on your dime, according to the National Taxpayers Union.

          Get out your hankie and click on the link for all 10 Things Your Congressperson Won't Say.

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

          by msmacgyver on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 07:23:20 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

  •  Lets hope the Congressional health plan (7+ / 0-)

    covers hemorrhoid treatment, because there are many more festering assholes in Congress this year.

    Barack Obama in the Oval Office: There's a black man who knows his place.

    by Greasy Grant on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 06:24:45 PM PST

    •  Oh it does. (4+ / 0-)

      I can testify to that on behalf of my mother who had surgery on her internal hemorrhoids a few years back compliments of the Federal Employee Blue Cross/ Blue Shield plan.

      Oh and just to add insult to injury, for that most excellent plan to cover my husband and I (and up to 12 kids if we had them) we pay $199 per biweekly pay period for the Standard Option (which is excellent coverage I might add.) This of course is a bargain considering my friend is paying $780 per month for herself and her 10 year old daughter.

      So these Republicans are getting Socialized Medicine at a great discount while railing about anyone else getting it.

      The beatings will continue until morale improves. -8.50, -6.92

      by ferallike on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 06:45:18 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  thing is, this kind of hypocrisy isn't noticed if (6+ / 0-)

    you don't have 1000 radio stations to blast it all over the country until it is noticed. imagine if the shoe was on the other foot. hell, they make up lies to get it going and distract from true shit if they want. by the time the left notice it's too late.

    that's why republicans are even in the game.

    obama admin seems to be learning, announcing staff changes to coincide with the new congress theatrics, and defense cuts. but they only get short term value.

    this is ridiculous and won't change until the left figures it out.

    Progressives will lose all major messaging battles until they picket the limbaugh/hannity megastations and boycott those stations' local sponsors.

    by certainot on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 06:31:38 PM PST

    •  Letters to the Editor (1+ / 0-)
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      Had Enough Right Wing BS

      thing is, this kind of hypocrisy isn't noticed if you don't have 1000 radio stations to blast it all over the country until it is noticed. imagine if the shoe was on the other foot. hell, they make up lies to get it going and distract from true shit if they want. by the time the left notice it's too late.  that's why republicans are even in the game.

      The left really need to make a concerted effort to take issues such as this one, and write LtE's to their local newspapers.  This issue, for example, is a perfect jumping off point to frame a short essay around two Republican hypocrisies: health care, and transparency.

      While it's not 1000 radio stations, it's not close to being meaningless either.

      •  that definitely helps but works better in a real (0+ / 0-)

        democracy where normal feed back mechanisms aren't routinely short circuited because the local RW radio station reaches a larger audience and can rationalize the hypocrisy all day long for as long as it takes.

        Progressives will lose all major messaging battles until they picket the limbaugh/hannity megastations and boycott those stations' local sponsors.

        by certainot on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 07:31:30 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  true (2+ / 0-)

          most people dont read letters to editor, and they only keep a paper one day in most cases.  However Rush and fox, and other right wing talkers got 24 hours a day, every day, every week , every month, every year, to hammer something till eventually almost everybody hears it.  I will say again , that we need fairness doctrin or our own stations.  What we are doing now isnt working.

  •  enjoy your socialized medicine ass fucks (5+ / 0-)

    ok, no more dk today

    time to go to a happy place.

    Great minds do not think alike.

    by Krush on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 06:32:19 PM PST

  •  Makes me so proud of all the wonderful (3+ / 0-)
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    missliberties, MA Liberal, ferallike

    kossacks who thought sitting out this election was the right thing to do.

    Pancho needs your prayers it's true, but save a few for Lefty, too. Townes van Zandt.

    by DaNang65 on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 06:34:43 PM PST

    •  Do you have evidence that happened? (4+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      chuckvw, Krush, Hedwig, progdog

      and how many did that?

      I'm still waiting for President Obama to tell the voters why government is a good thing, why we need government oversight and regulations.

      by gooderservice on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 06:38:01 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  In plain and simple terms, no, I do not have (3+ / 0-)

        evidence of that, but several months worth of "I'm sitting this one out diaries", complemented by untold congratulatory comments gives me great pause in the political wisdom of many who post here.
        I'm not referring to the inevitable trolls, of course, nor will I use the inflammatory sack label that enjoyed a lot of pre election popularity here, it's just an opinion, like everybody else's.

        Pancho needs your prayers it's true, but save a few for Lefty, too. Townes van Zandt.

        by DaNang65 on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 06:47:17 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  I have no evidence, either. (0+ / 0-)

          But when you said

          Makes me so proud of all the wonderful kossacks who thought sitting out this election was the right thing to do.

          I don't believe the majority of Kossacks "sat it out."

          And I'm speaking strictly about Kossacks.  

          In fact, on more than one occasion I wrote that I would not be voting, that I would "sit it out."  I didn't sit it out, I voted for every Democrat.

          I think a lot of the comments you saw where Kossacks said they wouldn't vote were just expressions of frustration.

          Like you, this is just my opinion.  And I say that because I've read several subsequent comments from people who said they wouldn't vote, and I was one of them, where they did end up voting but did not donate money or help with GOTV.

          That was my only point:  Kossacks.

          I'm still waiting for President Obama to tell the voters why government is a good thing, why we need government oversight and regulations.

          by gooderservice on Fri Jan 07, 2011 at 01:44:20 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

    •  No kidding. (5+ / 0-)

      When Dems get out to vote, we win. it's pretty much fact.
      But too many folks didn't think their vote was important enough to get off their asses to get to the polls (or get an absentee ballot).

  •  It's funny how the blue dogs vote when (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    MA Liberal, annominous

    their vote doesn't mean shit. IOW: Assholes.

    I'm still waiting for President Obama to tell the voters why government is a good thing, why we need government oversight and regulations.

    by gooderservice on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 06:35:39 PM PST

  •  Think they'll have to vote again? (2+ / 0-)

    With the news that two members of Congress missed their signing-in ceremony, in favor of a fundraiser, the vote may be null and void.
    Not that it will pass if they do it again, but it sure is fun to watch all these "Constitutional Scholars" in the Republican Party f*ck up their first day.
    I'd say it's going to be fun if it weren't so tragic.

  •  The bastards are voting now to reject (3+ / 0-)

    all amendments to the health care reform act. Rep. Louise Slaughter said to the chairman that women will be paying attention. C'mon everybody - pick up those phones tomorrow morning!! It's on CSPAN right now!!

    "I have ferrets with fins" - African Cichlids. And (3 - nope....) 2 pooties too! Ren (crossed the Rainbow Bridge 10/19/10), Stimpy (16 yrs) and Rocky (4 yrs)

    by mrsgoo on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 06:49:04 PM PST

    •  Don't waste time on Health Care Debate (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Had Enough Right Wing BS

      So the GOP members of the House of Representatives made a promise that they would create legislation to repeal the Health Care Reform law. Since the GOP holds a numerical advantage in the House, it's going to pass, even though it will not pass in the Senate, and even if it did, Obama would Veto the bill. In other words, this is just a big waste of time.

      My suggestion to the Democratic members of The House is don't spend a single minute debating this bill. It isn't worth the time or the effort. I also suggest that every Democratic member of The House abstain from voting on the measure.

      I am not suggesting that Dems become the new party of No, but rather that they are the party that wants to cut government waste by not engaging in these frivolous exercises in futility.

      Let the GOP own this complete waste of time and effort when the country needs real work done to create jobs in the US. Let the GOP explain to the country why they did this.

  •  Ball less (0+ / 0-)

    gasbags.

    Common Sense is not Common

    by RustyBrown on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 06:49:38 PM PST

  •  Just leak the information. (1+ / 0-)
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    sc kitty

    Problem solved.

    The Constitution is a suicide pact.

    by Bush Bites on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 06:53:42 PM PST

  •  REPUBLICANS MAKE ME F'N SICK!! HEARTLESS (0+ / 0-)

    BASTARDS ALL OF 'EM!!

    "I have ferrets with fins" - African Cichlids. And (3 - nope....) 2 pooties too! Ren (crossed the Rainbow Bridge 10/19/10), Stimpy (16 yrs) and Rocky (4 yrs)

    by mrsgoo on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 06:54:06 PM PST

  •  This is an excellent talking point. (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Had Enough Right Wing BS

    For your wingnut friends, neighbors, colleagues and etc. Hypocrisy this craven will resonate.

    Disseminate it!

    "Space Available!" is the biggest retail chain in the nation.

    by Free Jazz at High Noon on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 07:00:14 PM PST

  •  Good to have continued confirmation... (2+ / 0-)

    that there's no difference between Democrats and republicans.

    Nosirreee... no difference at all.

    I'm gonna go eat a steak. And fuck my wife. And pray to GOD - hatemailapalooza, 052210

    by punditician on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 07:00:47 PM PST

  •  Following the gop playbook, now Rush and Glenn (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Had Enough Right Wing BS

    and all the other wingnut pundits will eviscerate the democrats for their comnist, socalist, stallingist nazi tyranny on all the real people (meaning, the t-baggers, not us).

    Since the gooper house-sweep in November, the news has been full of happy talk, that is, up until today, when the conspicuous-consumption-over-xmas numbers came in bad. There are some problems that can't be propagandized away, it turns out.

    Now it is the goopers' turn to deal with the great recession: the ball is in their court and they have some real problems to solve. And they aren't starting well, retracting so many of the promises they made to win office ...

  •  I'm sure a few nurses or assistants can somehow (0+ / 0-)

    pass such valuable information very carefully to someone who will know what needs to happen with it. Or some OPM insider.

    Update Ca Schools Diabetes Lawsuit to be heard in Ca Supreme Court(unanimous decision) http://tiny.cc/zknbl

    by foggycity on Thu Jan 06, 2011 at 07:21:28 PM PST

  •  In fairness to Andy Harris... (0+ / 0-)

    ...he has grown rather wealthy during his time on the frontlines of our health care system. He is quite aware of how quickly a medical situation can overwhelm even a modest local fortune, leaving in its wake financial ruin and invisibility to his own Republican party.

    It's inspiring to see him unflinchingly take free, government health care, thus accepting all the risks - both to his family's health, and their very character as freedom loving, freedom frying Americans - risks he has warned us of, as he fights the encroaching menace universal health care.

    The GOP tells us jobs are paramount, as they prepare to devote their reign in the House to a simultaneously overheated and tedious rerun of every lie they've fostered in the last two years. If there were any such thing as a Death Panel, Rep. Harris' tenure in office would be first on that list.

    I'm the plowman in the valley - with my face full of mud

    by labradog on Fri Jan 07, 2011 at 06:54:08 AM PST

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