In the wake of Congressman-elect Andy Harris’s demand that his government health care coverage kick in as soon as possible, Democratic members of the House are now looking to the Republicans to put their money where there mouths are: if they won’t vote for affordable care for all Americans, they should refuse their own government health care plans as well.
Via Huffington Post:
“You cannot enroll in the very kind of coverage that you want for yourselves, and then turn around and deny it to Americans who don’t happen to be Members of Congress. We also want to note that in 2011, the Federal government will pay $10,503.48 of the premiums for each member of Congress with a family policy under the commonly selected Blue Cross standard plan,” a letter to GOP leaders signed by Reps. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), Donna Edwards (D-Md.), Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) and provided to Politico reads. “If your conference wants to deny millions of Americans affordable health care, your members should walk that walk.”
“It is important for the American people to know whether the members of Congress and members-elect who have called for the repeal of health insurance reform are going to stand by their opposition by opting out of the care available to them at the expense of hard-working taxpayers,” the Democrats wrote in their letter. “We look forward to your response in the coming days about exactly how many of the members in the Republican conference will be declining their taxpayer-supported health benefits.”
Unlike many of the Americans struggling without health care, the GOP Representatives have jobs, salaries, and often personal wealth to help them as they find and purchase their own policies. If only most of the country’s population was so lucky.