M wanted me to bring this to your attention, and since it's his computer I can hardly say, "Oh, no you DIH-unt!"
Apparently there was a refreshingly "progressive" letter to the editor of our local newspaper last Saturday--all the more remarkable when you consider that the paper is slightly to the right of Attila the Hun. The writer was making the point that our members of Congress (remember those "Pointy Heads on the Potomac"?), like other federal government employees, get to choose their health care insurance from a number of providers. The government, he notes, picks up 72 percent of the premiums--which essentially means that this portion is paid for by the taxpayers.
M didn't "Snopes" this figure, but he says it doesn't matter in light of what the letter writer points out next, which is this: The other 28 percent of those premiums come out of the individual Senators' and Representatives' salaries--which means (drum roll, please) that taxpayers end up on the hook for that part, too.
So in effect, the health care of all members of Congress is subsidized 100 percent by the American taxpayers! How on earth, the writer then asks, can so many Senators and Representatives want to repeal the Affordable Care Act of 2010, which simply tries to level the playing field for regular Americans? Is there, he wonders, anyone who is under more socialized medical care than a member of the U.S. House or Senate?
Another of those things that make you go, "Hmmm . . ."
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