Weeks ago, Nebraska Congressman Lee Terry proposed that U.S. citizens be able to buy into the same health care option that Members of Congress have.
Now, it seems, Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid thinks it's a good idea as well.
The Simple Universal Healthcare (SUH) Plan, HR 3937, creates a new health insurance program similar to the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan currently available to the President, Vice President, Members of Congress and all federal employees.
This plan allows business owners and their employees to opt into a large national group with a variety of plans, no exclusion for pre-existing conditions and portability.
Employers will have the same preferential tax treatment for amounts paid for your employees premiums. The plan is 50% of the cost of individual or small group plans.
This is a common-sense approach to our country’s health care dilemma that will greatly benefit you and your employees.
...was voted down in the House.
(Btw, note that it's the SUH plan? Hmm? Hmm? Husker fans?)
Now, with a "public option" plan seeming to kill any health care re-form, (Ben Nelson and others have said they would filibuster any version of the bill that contained it) Reid has turned to an idea that looks a lot like Terry's.
The new idea — for the government to create a national health insurance plan similar to the Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan — seemed to gather momentum as the weekend went on, and the differences between liberals and moderates on the public option became even clearer.Many local Dems scoffed at Terry's plan -- and many GOPers may not be happy with the final Senate plan anyway.
The plan would be administered by the Office of Personnel Management, which oversees the federal plan for members of Congress, and all of the insurance options would be not -for-profit ones offered by private companies.
But it's interesting the way this thing winds through the process.
You don't want to see how sausages are made either...