Campaign 2010

Jan 05, 2011

Freshmen Republicans Vote to Hide Government Health Care For Self, Pledges to Repeal for Everyone El

Freshmen Republicans Vote to Hide Government Health Care For Self, Pledges to Repeal for Everyone Else

 

This afternoon, House Republicans unanimously voted against a simple measure that would have made their congressional benefits more transparent by requiring Members of Congress to disclose in writing whether they will accept government health care.

 

"Americans have a right to know whether their Member of Congress is taking government-funded health care.  Today, House Republicans choose to hide from the American people whether they would accept government health care even though they campaigned against it and have made it their priority to repeal it."

 

"A handful of Republican Members honored their pledge by refusing their congressional health care benefits, but the majority  of Republican Freshmen are the worst kind of hypocrites – ones who looks out for themselves instead of their constituents."

 

 

Background

 

House Republicans unanimously opposed a measure that would require members of Congress to disclose if they plan to accept government health care and to do so in writing within the next 15 days. [H RES 5, Vote #5, 1/05/11]

 

At least 6 House Republicans elected on opposition to government health care have publicly announced they will not seek the benefit for themselves. Representative Bobby Schilling (IL-17), [ABC News, 11/17/10]; Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03), [Think Progress, 11/18/10]; Representative Joe Walsh (IL-08), [The Hill, 12/26/10]; Representative Bill Johnson (OH-06), [Hotline, 12/2/10]; Representative- Daniel Webster and Representative Sandy Adams. [Orlando Sentinel, 11/26/10]

 

Polling shows American Public Opposes Health Care Hypocrisy. “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]

 

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