It's more than amusing to see the pathetic excuses Republican Congressmen who intend to vote to repeal health care reform justify why they aren't refusing to get government health care for themselves.
Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) justified accepting government-subsidized health care for himself because, “God forbid I get into an accident and I can’t afford the operation…That can happen to anyone.”
Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) uses some severely torture logic to justify the same; "So I think it’s kind of interesting how people make such a big deal out of the health care coverage we have, which is not bad by any means. But I haven’t given it much thought because quite frankly I think I’m helping out the institution by lowering the risk pool for some of my older guys."
Exactly. That is what the reform aims to do by lowering the risk pool.
Newly-elected Rep. Robert Hurt (R-VA) campaigned for Congress on a promise to repeal health reform. Here's what he had to say, "It’s a policy that’s issued by Anthem and it’s a policy that any– it’s open to the public."
Except that it's not available to the public. Members of Congress on average receive a $700 a month taxpayer subsidy for their private health insurance plan, which they can choose through a highly regulated exchange offered by the government. The federal system mirrors the reforms enacted by Democrats and President Obama, which end health insurance abuses by regulating coverage through an exchange, while offering subsidies to individuals and small businesses to make coverage more affordable.
To sum up what these hypocrites are saying is it's good enough for us but not for the public even though we're not going to acknowledge that.