Dems to GOPers: ‘Walk that Walk,’ Refuse Socialist Healthcare
November 17, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—A befuddled freshman congressman became the poster boy for the GOP hypocrisy of the “repeal ObamaCare” campaign, when he became outraged that his federally subsidized health insurance would not immediately kick in, a fact of life that many Americans have to deal with every day. But Congressman-elect Andy Harris (R-MD) wanted his government healthcare immediately. Harris, who campaigned on the evils of the socialistic “government takeover” of healthcare, and who plans to vote to repeal healthcare reform, failed to see the hypocrisy in his whining, when if he has his way, millions of Americans will have to go without health insurance. Now, a group of Democratic lawmakers are seeking to make hay out of Harris’ tea party selfishness, by demanding that Republican lawmakers planning to repeal health reform, forgo their government health coverage that’s paid for by taxpayers.
The letter was sent to Republican leaders from Democratic Reps. Joe Crowley (NY), Donna Edwards (MD),Tim Ryan (OH) and Linda Sanchez (CA), asking that anti-healthcare lawmakers “walk that walk” by opting out of so-called socialized government healthcare that they would deny to American families.
“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. If your conference wants to deny millions of Americans affordable health care, your members should walk that walk,” reads the letter.
“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. 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.”
So far, no one has stepped up to opt out of their fully-paid government healthcare plans.
But Congressman-elect Andy Harris isn’t worried. He bragged to FoxNews.com that he can always fall back on an insurance plan paid for by state taxpayers.
“Harris is an anesthesiologist and former Maryland state senator who has the choice of going on a temporary Cobra plan through his position at Johns Hopkins Medical Center or keeping his state health benefits, which he surmised are “probably better” than what he’ll get.”
Tens of millions of Americans wish they had the same options to provide affordable quality healthcare for their families.
What a wretched, despicable human being. Welcome to the new crop of tea party lawmakers.