Public Agrees: Congressmen Who Hate Gov't Health Care Should Give Up Their Own

The idea has been circulating for a while now: why should those new representatives who rode to victory railing against government health care now get to benefit from the (excellent) coverage given to public officials? 

So far, only two Republicans have "opted out"-- Bobby Schilling of Illinois and Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania-—but Americans say more should.

According to a new national poll conducted by PPP, a Democratic polling firm, most Americans (55%) agree that those opposed to the program should save the government some much-needed cash and politely decline their benefits. Perhaps most ironically, the 33% of Americans who kindly think these anti-reform legislators should take care of themselves with good quality government health care despite the blatant hypocrisy... are Democrats!

Republicans take a harsher view and want the representatives they presumably chose to live their principles, so to speak. Even if it means massive health care bills.

Read more at Talking Points Memo and ThinkProgress.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at November 24, 2010, 4:24am

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