Health repealers urged to walk their talk

Progressives say those who would undo health reform should give up their own government health insurance

Anti-reformers are urged to clean up after themselves when freshman’s careless remarks makes a mess of their anti-government-healthcare stands.

Here’s an original thought from a quartet of House Democrats: Those conservatives who are pledging to repeal health care reform should first reject their own taxpayer-subsidized health insurance on principle.

Rep. Joe Crowley and three others are lining up like-minded co-signers for a letter asking their counterparts across the aisle to do just that.

They were inspired by the classic egg-on-face moment when one would-be repealer was caught whining that his taxpayer subsidized health plan took 28 days to kick in. It’s been noted elsewhere on the Web that in the “real world,” new employees often accept a 60- or 90-day waiting period before being allowed to join their employer-sponsored health plan.

The incoming representative, Andy Harris, made a big mess, and the Democrats are helpfully pointing out that his caucus should be good citizens and clean it up.

Says the letter:

“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.”

We have no problem with tax dollars subsidizing members’ health insurance premiums. But it seems that the foes of “socialized medicine” should.

Hats off to Rep. Joe Crowley and his fellow progressives spearheading this idea: Donna Edwards of Maryland, Tim Ryan of Ohio and Linda Sanchez of California.

UPDATE: According to Politico, two incoming Republican freshmen have announced that they will decline their taxpayer-funded health insurance … only 238 more to go!

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