Never let a little Ayn Randian selfishness slow you down, especially when it comes to demanding your government run healthcare — plus a public option — for your family, but not for millions of Americans, who kind of have families, too. Or, when tea party ideology meets reality in Washington:
Original Politico story on Andy Harris here.
And a Dem asks, why don’t tea party Republicans follow their principles and say “no thanks” to taxpayer funded healthcare coverage for themselves and their families?
New York Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley, a fierce defender of President Obama’s health care reform, is asking Republicans who want to repeal the law to forgo their taxpayer-subsidized health insurance out of principle.
Crowley – responding to a POLITICO report that repeal proponent Rep.-elect Andy Harris (R-Md.) complained about a lag in his federal coverage – is circulating a letter among Democrats that would call upon Republicans to ditch their insurance, paid in part by taxpayer funds, if they are committed to rolling back Democratic reforms.
“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. 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.”…
In his letter, Crowley taunts Boehner and McConnell, demanding to know how many Republicans will ditch their government subsidy, which typically covers two-thirds of their premiums.
Let’s see how many of them are willing to live their beliefs, or if, as I suspect, they just want the rest of us to. Tick-tock…
UPDATE: Harris’ local paper reports on the blue chip health plan he’s leaving behind, and gets a response from the Democrat Harris defeated two weeks ago — almost solely on the issue of “Obamacare.”