Democrats to Republicans: Give Up Your Health Care

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.

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patricia m lasek
patricia lasek7 years ago

Ask your elected officials to give up their gov't subsidized heath care which costs taxpayers almost $10,00 a year for each one. Don't let them get away with Grand Larceny. Sign the petition below.

Yvette T.
Past Member 7 years ago

(202) 224-2541 Mitch O'Connell (Minority Leader Senate) R
(202) 225-6205 John Boehner (soon-to-be Majority Leader Congress) R

Republicans must hear from us that we refuse to take their irresponsible abuse any longer. I have called in. It takes a minute. I will continue to protest their harmful votes against Obama and we, the people. Those hypocrites are keeping their health care, but expect those who are waiting for this day to lose their homes, go into debt, watch tehir children and family members or themselves wither and die due to pre-existing conditions or inability to see a doctor and receive screenings, checkups, treatments. I say, GIVE UP YOUR OWN HEALTH INSURANCE, all REPUGLICANS WHO DENY THE REST OF US TAXPAYERS! WY DO YOU ACCEPT OUR MONEY TO PAY FOR YOU TO LIVE IN HEALTH?

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle7 years ago

Government health care for all. And if you want to buy expensive health insurance on your own, have at it. A healthy population are better workers, not having to worry about that unscheduled accident or illness. I believe the government, who is us, and whose function is to service its citizens, service the common good, has duties: health care, education, infrastructure, protection of the country's borders, public safety. No reason to have a government unless it is servicing the common good of its citizenry.
As an R.N., I do not believe that health care should be a business (health insurance companies), because the bottom line of profit is in opposition to its function: health CARE.

Yvonne Curtis
Von D7 years ago

The the democrats think their plan is so great, why aren't they required to enroll in it instead? That would be fair.

Linda H.
Linda h7 years ago

Well, Lindsey I guess you are still waiting for Debbie to answer. I hope you had a nice holiday while you waited. Thanks for trying.

Jennifer Martin
Jennifer M7 years ago

If it were up to the Republicans, anyone who isn't rich would just be left on the streets to starve or die of disease. Take from the poor and give to the rich, that's how it goes, right?

Lindsey DTSW
.7 years ago

Debbie, there are quite a few places on the internet that have posted the full text of the bill (and if the document provided to the general public isn't the 'full text' I have no doubt that there are others like you who obtained it and published it on the internet).

Since you say you have a copy of the full text, what specific sections contain the wording you say they contain about the restrictions on care for seniors, underweight babies, disabled people, etc.? If we know the numbered sections which say that we can look it up ourselves.

Patricia B.
Patricia B7 years ago

Debbie, I still don't see the provisions in the bill that restrict services as you say. In fact, the language I quoted in my previous post appears throughout. I have a personal stake in this, and am genuinely interested in knowing, but I have to go with what I have read myself. I know right now people are being denied treatment right and left. In my state 98 people just got kicked off the transplant list because no one would insure them and our governor just decided to save the state a whole lot of money denying transplants to Medicaid cients. Two of these people were already in the hospital getting ready for a liver and a heart. The had to go home and let the next person in line have the organs. So yes, terrible things are happening right now. I'm just not convinced the health care bill won't make them at least a little better. I personally would have wanted it to be a lot different than what we ended up with, but at least it does expand access to a lot more people.

Tom Y.
Tom Y7 years ago

I seriously think the onus is on each of us to safeguard our health in the best ways available: get as much exercise as possible, and eat as little processed food as possible. That way we run less risk of needing health care for lifestyle ailments, and free up the system to better provide for the people that genuinely need it.

Emma M.
Emma M7 years ago

IMO All government officials, no matter what party they belong to, should give up their government health care package. Then they should be put on the so-called healthplan that is followed by Medicare and Medicaid. This means elected and appointed from Obama on down.