Campaign 2010

Jan 04, 2011

HYPOCRISY ALERT: Republican Hypocrisy on Health Insurance Reform

What a difference a couple of months make.  During the 2010 campaigns, House Republican candidates affiliated with the Tea Party ran strongly against “government health care.”  Most Republican Freshman are refusing to say whether they will accept government funded health care as a Member of Congress.  A few Members-elect have honored their campaign rhetoric by refusing to accept congressional health care:    

  • Representative-elect Bobby Schilling (IL-17) – “Schilling, R-Ill., told us on ABC’s ‘Top Line’ today that he’s staying true to his outsider status, refusing a congressional pension in addition the health care coverage that members of Congress are entitled to receive.” [ABC News, 11/17/10]
  • Representative-elect Mike Kelly (PA-03) –  “A caller to C-SPAN’s Washington Journal asked Representative-elect Kelly, who “strongly opposes” the health care law, if he would be willing to give up his government-sponsored health insurance.  Kelly said that he would.” [Think Progress, 11/18/10]
  • Representative-elect Joe Walsh (IL-08) – “Another newly elected Republican member of Congress says he will not accept the government-sponsored health insurance plan available to lawmakers.  Rep.-elect Joe Walsh (Ill.), who rode a wave of Tea Party support to defeat three-term Rep. Melissa Bean (D) in November, said he does not believe lawmakers should receive the benefits.” [The Hill, 12/26/10]
  • Representative-elect Bill Johnson (OH-06) – “Rep.-elect Bill Johnson (R-OH) says he won't take Congressional health care benefits.” [Hotline, 12/2/10]

Despite their campaign rhetoric and public opinion, most incoming Republican Freshman will not say whether they will accept government health care.  Their silence can only mean one thing: Republican Freshman will hypocritically take government funded health care even though they ran campaigns against it.

“Most Americans think incoming Congressmen who campaigned against the health care bill should put their money where their mouth is and decline government provided health care now that they're in office.” [Public Policy Polling, 11/23/10]

Don’t let your Representative stay silent!  Ask Freshman Republicans whether they will accept government funded health care, despite their campaign against it.

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