Posted by | November 19, 2010 00:16 | Filed under: Top Stories

By Yashwanth Manjunath

Republicans have made their position quite clear on health care reform. They are 100% against ANY federal involvement in health care. Republican Andy Harris made news when he demanded his government-run health care as a member of Congress.  Now, four House Democrats, Joseph Crowley of New York, Linda Sanchez of California, Donna Edwards of Maryland, and Tim Ryan of Ohio are finally fighting back against the Republicans’ blatant hypocrisy and lies. They have released a letter to Republican congressional leaders asking them to announce which of their members will forgo their federally subsidized health insurance policies as members of Congress, given their vehement opposition to health care reform.

“If your conference wants to deny millions of Americans affordable health care, your members should walk that walk,” Crowley writes in a letter to House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). “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.”

In his letter, Crowley (pictured) taunts Boehner and McConnell, demanding to know how many Republicans will ditch their government subsidy, which typically covers two-thirds of their premiums.

“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.”

About. Damn. Time. Shockingly, only two Congressional Republicans have refused their government health care thus far. Hey conservatives, what do you think about your lawmakers’ lack of principle? Should your beloved Republicans give up their government-run, socialized, health care?

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