Senate floor: Durbin/Cruz, first class flying analogy

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 10:53am

Sen. Dick Durbin, (D) Illinois, "If you are being told you have a limitation on doctors and hospitals that you can use but you have health insurance, isn't that a dramatic improvement over a lifetime of no health insurance? That's what Obamacare is going to offer to her for the first time in her life. To say that we shouldn't give her that opportunity is like someone saying `if you can't fly first class you can't get on the airplane.' Listen, a lot of people would be glad to sit back in economy if they can just make the trip that you and I can make because we are blessed with health insurance."

Sen. Ted Cruz, (R) Texas, "You know I think that analogy is a powerful one but what it really highlights is the special exemption that has been put in place for members of Congress. President Obama has put an exemption in place for members of congress that says members of congress will fly first class, to use your airline analogy, but average Americans who are being forced onto exchanges where their employers can't subsidize their premiums are not even flying coach they are being put in the baggage department."

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