November 23, 2010
Republicans spent an astounding amount of time during the 2010 campaign rallying against the Affordable Care Act — a law that will end the worst insurance company abuses such as eliminating pre-existing condition exclusions and annual and lifetime coverage limits.
Yet, incoming GOP freshman Andy Harris (R-MD) had the breathtaking gall to complain about the 28 days he would have to go without taxpayer-funded insurance. AFSCME would like to thank Rep.-elect Harris for drawing attention to the Republicans’ hypocrisy on health care — and is calling on Republican Members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives to abstain from enrolling in the Federal Employees’ Health Benefits Plan (FEHBP).
“These Republicans want to repeal health reform, putting the insurance companies back in charge and putting affordable coverage out of reach of millions of Americans… If these Republicans really support market-based solutions to health care, they ought to go out and try to buy an individual policy in the insurance market,” said AFSCME President Gerald W. McEntee.
Added McEntee: “If they enroll in the taxpayer-funded health care system provided to members of Congress, they deserve to be denounced as hypocrites.” Is your hypocrite radar going off? If so, sign our petition telling Republicans to drop the taxpayer-funded coverage they get through the government or stop their cynical efforts to take it away health care reform away from the American people.
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