Chuck Schumer is daring Republicans to forgo insurance if they're so dedicated to repeal of the health care law:
New York Senator Chuck Schumer is pushing Republican members of Congress who oppose last year's health care legislation to decline health coverage for themselves and their families.
Democrats have been trying to cast Republican members' acceptance of federal health benefits as hypocritical, as they seek to repeal last year's health care legislation, and got a boost this morning from Rep.-elect Joe Walsh, an Illinois Freshman who told CNN this morning that he's keeping a promise not to accept health care benefits, despite his wife's pre-existing condition.
"It was a central value to us when we passed health care, and a central value to the American people, that members of Congress should get the same health care as eveyrone else," Schumer told POLITICO this morning. "It seems unfair that house Republicans want to deprive middle-class Americans of the same health care as members of Congress but to keep it for themselves."
"Will Eric Cantor urge every Republican who is going to be for repeal to not take government health care themselves and to drop their existing health care?" he asked.
Schumer called Walsh "a very good example."
Recall that the Democrats beat back several attempts to have Congress health plans be no better than anything mandated under Obamacare. Perhaps if he loves it so much, Schumer could forgo his own insurance and purchase a policy with coverages mandated by the government.