Friday, October 23, 2009

55 Congressional Republicans Oppose "Public Plan" But Enrolled in Medicare!

Representative Anthony Weiner, a New York Democrat who sits on the House Health Subcommittee, has released an "internal study" that seeks to expose the hypocrisy among Republicans who oppose the idea of a public, government-sponsored health plan. Weiner's study lists the names of 151 members of Congress who receive Medicare benefits. The study also lists 55 Republicans who benefit from Medicare, but who oppose a public plan -- which would provide a new, low-cost health insurance option for millions of uninsured Americans.

Medicare is a government-run, taxpayer-sponsored health plan for seniors. It operates as the single payer for most seniors, who cannot afford the cost of private insurance.

Update: This article was edited to reflect that fact that Weiner's study lists 151 members of Congress on Medicare and 55 Republicans on Medicare who also oppose a public plan.

2 comments:

Dan Robinson said...

Correction: it's not clear that it's 151 Republicans - could be 151 of both parties.

The article to which you link actually says that there are "151 members of the House and Senate" on Medicare - it does not say they are all Republicans.

It does, however, say that the list includes "55 Republicans who have steadfastly opposed . . . the public option."

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Dan: Thanks for the tip. I have edited the thread.

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