Friday, December 11, 2009

How to pay for healthcare

I have an idea.

I've already sent several emails to elected officials. I suggested that "we the people" get the same insurance as “you the elected official.” That would be the top premium insurance, full dental, eye exams-- the works. And I gave them a great suggestion on how to start paying for it.

You see, back in 2007, the salary for a U.S. Senator was $165,200. In 2008, everyone got a raise to $169,300. That’s right. We allowed them to vote themselves pay raises during one of the worst  financial crisis our country has ever seen (Wow. Are we good to our elected officials or what?) We're still not out of the crisis and unemployment is at 10. That's scary. But they're our leaders. We need them to fix the mess they helped create. So what did we do?

We gave them another raise. The annual salary of each U.S. senator, as of 2009, is $174,000.

First order of business to help pay for healthcare insurance for "We the people"?

A pay cut for all elected officials.

I smell a revolution.


  1. Amen! That scent of revolution tickling your nose is; the foul odor of our elected officals digging their heals in the mud; trying to prevent a pay cut....and two; the sweet seem of the grassroots movement rising in the unemployed, uninsured, fed up American people; working their asses off to make a pay cut happen; non-violently fighting for their health and the health of their families.
    Power to the People....Power to the People, right on....

  2. Congressional pay raises have been automatic since 1989. A proposal to stop that was killed earlier this year, because then they would have to vote on a raise every year, and no politician wants to be seen as greedy.

    Lowering their salaries would certainly not be enough money to provide health care to the millions who need it.

    If someone is going to write his senators or rep, he would be better off telling a personal story about how the health care system has negatively affected him, or offer some realistic solutions for reform.

    But it's almost too late for that, or to start a "revolution." The House has passed a bill, but now the Senate is hacking away at its version. We cannot let it die in the Senate. Even if it's not perfect, any kind of reform is better than no reform. Tell your Senators to vote yes on the health care bill.

  3. Unfortunately as a Canadian, I really have no right to comment much. I would like to point out that if there are taxes to be raised to cover healthcare, it obviously needs to tobacco and alcohol.

  4. Brett, I agree that the best way to find an answer is to "trim the fat"; starting with salaries.

    As far as taxing alcohol & tobacco - a pack of cigarettes in NJ is close to $7; I have no clue about the price of alcohol but I'm sure that's taxed too. The latest is legalize pot and tax that.