There are a lot of fights going on now about the Senate Health Care plan as side issues such as abortion, public plan, and squaring Senate language with House bill are addressed. But one good barometer of the Health Care plan will be presented today that will be a strong index of how serious your Washington representatives are about government health care - call it the Coburn/Vitter Amendment - making Congress subject to what they are proposing for the rest of us! And why not? If Democrats bury this Amendment it means they're not willing to accept what they are forcing on the rest of the nation. Coburn, Vitter want to force Congress into public health plan By J. Taylor Rushing - 12/04/09 06:00 AM ET http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/...e-members-of-congress-into-public-health-plan Two of the Senates most ardent opponents of a public health program, Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and David Vitter (R-La.), are preparing an amendment to force members of Congress into any plan that is passed. As the Senate formally takes up the healthcare reform bill this month, Coburn and Vitter are drafting legislation that mimics a resolution Vitter unsuccessfully offered in August that would have required lawmakers to join any public option plan. The current amendment would go further not only barring members of Congress from exempting themselves from a public plan, but actually forcing them into it. Vitter is also considering proposing banning physician services currently available to legislators at the Capitol as well as special privileges they are allowed at military hospitals. Specifically, members of Congress receive taxpayer-subsidized medical care at Bethesda Medical Center and the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.