Democrats Challenge GOP to Ditch Their Government Health Plans
Matt | On 18, Nov 2010
I love this challenge and it hits right to the heart of how Republicans need to be held to the fire on so many issues!
This week, we reported that Congressman-elect Andy Harris (R-Md.) raised hell in freshman orientation on Capitol Hill. He was upset that he has to wait four weeks for his government health benefits to kick in. These are the same health benefits, essentially a public option, that he campaigned against in his recent win over Democrat Frank Kratovil.
The story gained some traction in the media because it reeks of hypocrisy from the GOP – many of whom claim to hate “Obamacare.” The Democrats, as a result, have sent letters to Republican leaders challenging them and their members to give up their government health benefits. They want members of Congress “walk the walk” of the American people whose health benefits they claim we can’t afford. Taxpayers currently pick up the tab for over half of the costs of the health plans for each of the 535 members of Congress.
The letter was drafted by Reps. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), Linda T. Sanchez (D-Calif.), Donna Edwards (D-Md.), and Tim Ryan (D-Ohio). They also sent the letter to Democratic leadership to see if anyone on that side of the aisle would be willing to chuck their benefits too.
This is exactly how you hold anti-healthcare Republicans accountable! How the hell does a group of people CAMPAIGN on repealing government healthcare for ten of millions of people, yet ask for the same coverage DAY ONE when they get to Capitol Hill? In what crazy, jacked up world does that make sense? This is not even an ideological fight. It’s common sense.
I guess we’ll have to wait patiently to see which GOP members have the balls to give up their federal coverage. *drums nails on the table*