Nov 182010

You may find this story shocking.  Four House Democrats have demonstrated that they have a spine and confronted Republicans on their hypocrisy over hearth care.  In short, they are calling them out, something we see far too little, and need to see far more.

18GOPHealthA group of House Democrats has released a letter to Republican congressional leaders calling on them to announce which of their members will be forgoing their congressional benefit health insurance (which is subsidized by the government) in light of their party’s opposition to health care reform overhaul legislation.

"If your conference wants to deny millions of Americans affordable health care, your members should walk that walk," four Democrats write in the letter, which is addressed to Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and House Republican leader John Boehner. "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."

According to the letter, the federal government pays more than $10,000 of the premiums of each member of Congress who has a family policy under the most selected plan.

The signatories on the letter are four liberal lawmakers: Joseph Crowley of New York, Linda T. Sanchez of California, Donna Edwards of Maryland and Tim Ryan of Ohio… [emphasis added]

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Major kudos to Representatives Crowley, Sanchez, Edwards and Ryan.  All America owes you gratitude for setting an example that our President and party should follow.


  19 Responses to “Have Four Democrats Actually Grown A Pair?”

  1. Finally, finally! Stick to your DEM platform and values that bring about “and justice for all.”

  2. Right on! This is what I like to see. Call these people out on their hypocrisy. Make people understand that the Republicans are only against health care reform because they don’t care about average Americans. They only care about the profits of the rich and their own political power.

  3. Now if only the MSM would report this and we could get a little traction, we could put these fools to the test.

  4. Awesome!!! I’ve been waiting to see something solid from the democrats and I hope this is the start of them standing up and speaking out!
    The rest of them better follow or they will be ousted like the blue dogs!

    • Welcome Morgan! πŸ™‚

      That’s the sad truth. They were not rejected because they were too liberal. They were rejected because they had no spine.

  5. […] Cat has reported that House Dems have sent a letter to RepooplicansΒ telling them that if they are opposed to health care … Finally, somebody has gotten off their Miss Manners tuffet and managed to fight back a little […]

  6. No, what should really happen is that everyone in congress should give up their Government health care and buy from one of the new exchanges. That would be growing a pair.

  7. To which the republicans will probably answer “if Obama’s plan is so good, you’re the ones that should be leaving the congressional benefit health insurance and joining it.” Empty sabre rattling.

    • Welcome Ralph! πŸ™‚

      That was a point made by many Democrats at the time, but joining it is not possible, because it does not kick in until 2014. It should, could, and would have been much better, had it not been gutted through caving-in to Republican demands.

  8. […] 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 […]

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  10. fantastic. i applaud these lawmakers as well. wish they could have passed the real bill instead of the skeleton that passed because of republican demands

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