Fred J. Eckert

Just imagine all the fun they could be having right now confronting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi – and everyone else who voted for ObamaCare – with a gotcha surprise quiz about the contents of the ObamaCare law.

  • What exactly does it state in the bill that you construed as an absolute guarantee that all who liked their current plan or doctor could keep them? (Show them a copy of the bill and ask them to point to it.)
  • How much money did the bill allocate for the purpose of promoting/propagandizing ObamaCare – and is this amount about right or too much or too little and why so?
  • Is it true or is it false that the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) that is part of ObamaCare is tasked with determining which doctor-recommended lifesavings treatment will be paid for and which ones, because of cost, chronic condition and/or advanced age, will be denied? Explain why you think this is not a death panel.

While it matters not one bit and harms no one in the slightest if a presidential candidate does not know the name of the leader of Chechnya or wherever or the exact price of a loaf of bread or quart of milk, it matters greatly and can potentially harm millions if a Member of Congress votes to make the law of the land provisions that he or she does not understand and/or has not even bothered to read.

So this sort of gotcha quick quiz would deal with something truly serious rather than merely silly. What the results show would be of consequence – information that would help enable the public to make better informed judgments about just how seriously its elected representatives take the responsibility entrusted to them.

Isn’t this a solid reason why the AP, the Washington Post, the New York Times, ABC, CBS, NBC – all the major media – should pursue this? Of course it is. And of course they won’t.

But it would make a great project for FOX News or any conservative media outlet.

Local conservative and/or Tea Party groups across the country could make it a project to confront anyone who voted to inflict ObamaCare upon us with a gotcha quick quiz about its contents – and then disseminate the test results to area media, etc.

Refusal by someone who voted for ObamaCare to take a simple test on what’s in it is in and of itself newsworthy and helps make the point that this whole ObamaCare mess was inflicted upon us by Members of Congress who didn’t know what they were doing and didn’t care that they didn’t know.

And, oh, how about this: At the bottom of any such quick quiz about the contents of the ObamaCare law, it would be appropriate and informative to provide the Senator or Representative who voted for the bill these two options: 1) I assert under penalty of perjury that I read the full final bill; or 2) I decline to answer this question.

Fred J. Eckert

Fred J. Eckert is a former Republican congressman from New York and twice served as a US Ambassador under President Ronald Reagan, who called him “a good friend and valued advisor.”