Tuesday, November 23, 2010

No government health care for Tea Party candidates

It's going to be amusing to watch this play out. The Tea Party voters demand no "gummit" health care for their candidates:
Most Americans think incoming Congressmen who campaigned against the health care bill should put their money where their mouth is and decline government provided health care now that they're in office. Only 33% think they should accept the health care they get for being a member of Congress while 53% think they should decline it and 15% have no opinion.

Democrats are actually the most supportive of anti-health care Congressmen taking their health care, with 40% saying they should accept it to 46% who think they should decline. But Republicans and independents- who put these folks in office in the first place- strongly think they should refuse their government provided health care. GOP voters hold that sentiment by a 58/28 margin and indys do 56/27.
Sure it was all fun and games while they were pitching the anti-health care reform slogans to win the election, but now the Tea Party Republicans want their newly elected representatives to walk that cheap talk. Wonder what they're going to do now? As far as I know there's only one guy in Congress who refused the benefit on principle and I'm pretty sure he's a Democrat.

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