A majority of Americans think incoming members of Congress who campaigned against health care reform should put their money where their mouth is and decline the health care plan that the government provides to Congressmen, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey.
GOP Voters Think New Lawmakers Should Decline Coverage
The strongest feelings on this issue come from Republicans who voted 58% to 28% in favor of declining coverage, and from Independents, who voted 56% to 27%. These, of course, are the people who elected those new members in the first place, and, not surprisingly, they want the lawmakers to act in a manner consistent with their stated opposition to government-provided healthcare.
Interestingly, the numbers are more mixed for the Democrats, with 46% saying the incoming members who opposed health care reform should decline their government plan, and 40% saying they should take it.
Congressman-Elect Andy Harris
As Care2′s Robin Marty wrote here last week, this all started with Congressman-elect Andy Harris’s demand that his government health care coverage kick in as soon as possible.
Then it was the Democrats who pointed out that if members-elect have called for the repeal of healthcare reform, then they need to stand by their opposition by opting out of the care available to them at the expense of hard-working taxpayers.
Republicans Need To Walk The Walk
But with this latest survey, Republicans are speaking up even more strongly than Democrats.
It seems pretty obvious to most people that if these new members of Congress won’t vote for affordable healthcare coverage for all Americans, then they should decline their own government-provided health care too.
In fact, why is this even a question for them?
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