Congressman Ben Quayle Bashed by Congressional Dems for Accepting Federal Health Care -- Only He Didn't

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James King
Ben Quayle did not accept government funded health care, despite what Congressional Democrats might have told you.
The egg is on the face of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this morning for calling Arizona Congressman Ben Quayle a "hypocrite" for accepting government funded health care. The problem being Quayle never actually accepted it.

The DCCC put out a press release yesterday with the headline "Health care hypocrite Ben Quayle's government funded care starts today."

Quayle, as you may know, is currently (ahem) "knocking the hell out of Washington," and is one of the many GOP voices calling for a repeal of President Barack Obama's health care reform bill, so if he were accepting government funded health care, he could probably be considered a hypocrite -- but he's not, which the DCCC apparently failed to check out.

"It didn't take long for Representative Ben Quayle to go Washington.  Representative Quayle is accepting government funded health care, despite continuing the push to repeal the health reform benefits for middle income families," said Jesse Ferguson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "Representative Ben Quayle apparently believes that repealing health insurance reform and putting private insurance companies back in charge of our health care may be good for his constituents, but it's not good for his very own family.  Representative Quayle is the worst kind of hypocrite - one who looks out for themselves instead of their constituents."

It seems the DCCC sent several versions of the same email, each with the name of a different member of Congress who accepted their Congressional health plan. As Quayle spokesman Richard Cullen points out, "perhaps next time, before hitting CTRL+V, the DCCC will do a little fact checking."  

See the full press release below

From: DCCC Press [mailto:dccc_press@DCCC.ORG]
Sent: Tuesday, February 01, 2011 9:37 AM
To:
Subject: Health Care Hypocrite Representative Ben Quayle's Government Funded Care Starts Today

 

 

 

Health Care Hypocrite Representative Ben Quayle's Government Funded Care Starts Today

 

Despite running a campaign largely focused on repealing government funded health care, today Representative Ben Quayle's government funded health care benefits go into effect.  Representative Ben Quayle opposed an effort to make sure that repeal of health insurance reform would only move forward if a majority of Members of Congress gave up their own government health care. He even opposed a simple measure to make transparent whether Members of Congress accepted government funded health care.   

 

At least 15 Republicans, keeping with the spirit of their congressional campaigns, are not taking their government health care while they fight to repeal health care for millions of Americans.

 

"It didn't take long for Representative Ben Quayle to go Washington.  Representative Quayle is accepting government funded health care, despite continuing the push to repeal the health reform benefits for middle income families," said Jesse Ferguson of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "Representative Ben Quayle apparently believes that repealing health insurance reform and putting private insurance companies back in charge of our health care may be good for his constituents, but it's not good for his very own family.  Representative Quayle is the worst kind of hypocrite - one who looks out for themselves instead of their constituents."

 

According to recent polling, "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."

 

Background

 

·         Taxpayer funded health care for new Members of Congress begins on February 1, 2011. [POLITICO, 11/15/11]

 

·         Representative Ben Quayle voted against a measure that would require a majority of Members of the House of Representatives and Senate to waive their FEHB benefits before enactment of the repeal legislation would go into effect. [H.R. 2,  Vote #13, 1/19/11]

 

·         Representative Ben Quayle voted to hide his government funded health care from constituents. [H Res 5, Vote #5, 1/05/11]

 

·         Polling shows most Americans oppose health care hypocrisy. "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." [Public Policy Polling, 11/23/10]

 

·         At least 15 House Republicans who ran in strong opposition to government health care have publicly announced they will not accept congressional health care.  They include Representatives Cory Gardner (CO-04), Nan Hayworth (NY-19), Paul Gosar (AZ-01), Bobby Schilling (IL-17), Mike Kelly (PA-03), Joe Walsh (IL-08),  Bill Johnson (OH-06),  Daniel Webster (FL-08), Sandy Adams (FL-24),  Frank Guinta (NH-01), Rich Nugent (FL-05), David McKinley (WV-01), Scott Rigell (VA-02),  Bob Dold (IL-10), and Chris Gibson (NY-20).   

 

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For Immediate Release, February 1, 2011

CONTACT: Jennifer Crider & Jesse Ferguson (202) 485-3440
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7 comments
Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

How is making everyone buy health insurance against their will a good thing? Anytime a politician mentions the word "reform" as far as legislation goes, it means corporations make more money and we take it in the shorts. There is no reform. How can they reform something that has never existed? There is no comprehensive health care in this country, although there should be, and there never will be so how can it be reformed? Republicans and Democrats are two sides of the same coin and theater is their main hobby. Lies and distraction is the name of their game and if you get caught up in the emotion of it then you can't see what's going on behind the wizard's curtain. I wouldn't be too upset about the Congress getting health care but I would be concerned about their pension for life after serving only one term. Of course they are the ones who pass laws for their own benefit. We should get the same thing, don't you think?

XSoldier
XSoldier

It seems to me that the Democrats are desperate for dirt on the Republicans because they know that Obamacare will get repealed or found uncostitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Rep. Quayle has the option to decide if he wants the healthcare. If he declined it, and, from what I read, he did, what are the Dems squawking about?

I suspect that President Obama will have a lot of egg on his face and a lot of explaining to do to the American people for the law, though he deserves credit for trying. I also suspect that the president will not be re-elected in 2012.

The Klute
The Klute

Wait, where's the part that confirms Benji's not taking government healthcare? Did that quote get cut out of the story?

Loosecannonsbluesband
Loosecannonsbluesband

So, I'm confused - which parts of the press release are true and which aren't? Is it ONLY the part of the presser which talks about Little Lord Fonteroy accepting the federal health care insurance plan that is false or the parts about him voting on issues which are related to requiring members of congress to reveal their participation in such plans offered to congressmen?

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Because then we taxpayers don't have to pay the bill when your lame broke-ass ends up in the emergency room at County Hospital begging the docs to give you sumthin sumthin for the STD you bought from that $20.00 crack ho last night!

It's called personal responsibility and some people don't want it - you know what I say - TOUGH! Buy the friggin insurance or self-insure yourself, it's your option

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