Dems label Herrera Beutler a health care hypocrite

first_imgThe Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee branded freshman U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler a “health care hypocrite” Tuesday for accepting government-subsidized health coverage after voting to repeal a national health reform bill aimed at extending health coverage to more than 30 million Americans.Health policies took effect Tuesday for new members of Congress.Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, “apparently believes that repealing health insurance reform and putting private insurance companies back in charge of our health care may be good for her constituents, but it’s not good for her very own family,” said DCCC spokesman Jesse Ferguson. He noted that at least 15 Republican members of Congress who voted for repeal have elected to keep with the spirit of their congressional campaigns by not taking their government health care while they fight to repeal the health care law. “This is a real cheap shot from the Democrats’ campaign committee, and it has very little to do with the underlying issue,” retorted Casey Bowman, Herrera Beutler’s spokesman, via e-mail. The congresswoman was traveling in Pacific County and had no time to respond personally to the attack, he said. “Jaime wants everyone in Southwest Washington to have the same choice among health care plans that federal employees do,” he said. “That’s why she supports health care reforms that lower the cost of care, increase competition in the marketplace and make it easier for small businesses to offer coverage to their employees.”Ferguson noted that Herrera Beutler opposed a House rule that would have required members of Congress to disclose whether they have accepted health coverage. The rule, introduced by Democrats on Jan. 5, failed on a party-line vote of 238 to 191.last_img read more