Will they turn their backs on free healthcare that comes with the job?
The democratic Public Policy Polling [PPP] says 53% of voters feel the foes of federally-mandated health coverage—senators and representatives who campaigned against it—should put their money where their mouths are. They should refuse their government-underwritten healthcare insurance.
PPP reported on November 23rd that citizens who identified themselves as Republicans and Independents feel stronger about this than Dems among the 707 polled between November 19th to 21st. This makes sense to New York Representative Anthony Weiner: “Americans believe their elected representatives should actually practice what they preach."
Obamacare was crafted after the governmental plan; Americans would benefit under the reform legislation just like lawmakers. Incoming House Speaker John Boehner’s office segues off-subject to point out that, "Boehner, like Speaker Pelosi, Sen. Reid and tens of millions of Americans, receives health coverage through his employer." GOP Chairman Michael Steel, suggesting an apples-oranges argument, says accepting government sponsored health care has "nothing to do with Obamacare, which will wreck Americans' health care and bankrupt our country."
Washington newspaper The Hill published a letter from Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., who feels Republican leaders must insist their members “walk that walk…. 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."