Talk about putting your money where your mouth is:
At least two newly elected House Republicans say they won’t accept the congressional health insurance program, just days after Democrats challenged them to give up the program after campaigning on repealing the health care reform law.
Reps.-elect Bobby Schilling of Illinois and Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania both said Thursday that they don’t plan to accept the program.
Schilling told ABC’s “Topline” on Thursday that he’s already decided to turn it down.
“My family and I are bringing our own health care to Washington, D.C.,” he said. “Congress shouldn’t have anything better than the American people.”
Kelly told C-SPAN’s Washington Journal on Thursday that he won’t be accepting the Congressional health plan, either.
“I don’t need it. I’ve got my own plan,” he said. “There is no reason for anybody to get anything different from anybody else… Why should my health care as a public official be any different than anybody else’s?”
That’s a very good question, Mr. Kelly.
Another very good question… why did the Democrats in Congress decide to exempt Congress from the provisions of the law they themselves enacted?
The word “hypocrisy” leaps to mind.