by John Grooms
Rep. Renee Ellmers, North Carolinas brand-spanking-new tea-partyin member of Congress, needs to make up her mind: Either government-subsidized health insurance is the socialistic work of Satan, or its not. Ellmers, who enthusiastically campaigned for, and voted for, repeal of health care reform, has decided to take advantage of health care coverage offered to members of Congress and other federal employees, i.e., government-subsidized health insurance, i.e., the work of communists.
According to Raleigh's News & Observer, Ellmers told a Raleigh call-in radio show yesterday that she signed up for the plan because of the high cost of living in D.C. People need to understand it costs a lot of money to be here in Congress, said Ellmers, who is paid $174K per year as a member of Congress. Her husband is a surgeon so, in terms of money, say no more. Ellmers did not indicate whether she was thinking of her constituents cost of living when she voted to take away benefits those constituents were scheduled to gain from the health care reform act. So far, only a handful of members of Congress who voted for repealing health care reform have opted out of the federally subsidized insurance plan.