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Steve Kagen: Health Insurance Hypocrite

Great takedown by the Media Research Center as well as the Berry Laker.

Seems for a man who didn’t take Congress’s health plan (and will tell you if you have a minute, a microphone, or a reporter’s notebook), sure did like using the free Congressional physical therapy clinic.

(Yes, they appear to have one)

ABC GRAPHIC: Special Health Care for Lawmakers? Unknown Office on Capitol Hill

REP. STEVE KAGEN (D-Wisconsin): Health care costs in this country, are impossible for everyone.

TIM JOHNSON: When Wisconsin Congressman Steve Kagan, an advocate for health care reform, needed knee surgery last winter, he paid for it out of his own pocket. That’s because Kagan, a medical doctor, turned down the health insurance options offered to members of Congress.

CAMPAIGN AD: And refused coverage for himself.

KAGEN: I said, I tell you what. I respectfully decline. Until you can make that same offer to everyone that I have the honor of representing, I just don’t think it’s fair.

JOHNSON: But, while his surgery personally cost him thousands of dollars, Kagen says he paid nothing for the extensive rehab he needed. That was provided by the U.S. government. In fact, Kagen and his hundreds fellow members of Congress receive some of the best health care in the country, without even using insurance. And all right in the U.S. Capitol, at a little known and rarely discussed clinic called the Office of Attending Physician.

KAGEN: They have a small pharmacy. They have physicians and nurses that will see you on the spot, at the beck and call. And they have physical therapy available, which I took advantage of when I had my knee surgery.

JOHNSON: And I assume the members of Congress pays for this somewhat?

KAGEN: It’s one of the, quote, benefits of being a member of Congress.

I noticed something else is the Berry Laker’s post, but I need to do a little bit more digging (and emailing) before that post may see the light of day.

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  • phil

    funny you don't mention that Paul Ryan never mentioned this when he said congress had only a “good private sector healthcare” and “we do not have a public option”

    sounds like a very special plan for only congress!

  • phil

    funny you don't mention that Paul Ryan never mentioned this when he said congress had only a “good private sector healthcare” and “we do not have a public option”

    sounds like a very special plan for only congress!