Anti-Health Law GOPers Shouldn't Take Gov't Insurance: Poll : It's All Politics A majority in a recent poll said new GOP lawmakers should reject their government health insurance. Meanwhile, a Democrat lawmaker has
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Anti-Health Law GOPers Shouldn't Take Gov't Insurance: Poll

A lot of Americans think Republican lawmakers who railed against the Affordable Care Act should reject the federal coverage they're eligible for as government workers.

A Public Policy Poll this week found 53 percent of respondents saying new lawmakers who ran against the health-care overhaul law should decline coverage while 33 percent said they should accept it.

In an interesting wrinkle, Democrats were more likely to say the new lawmakers should accept the coverage than Republicans.

Forty Six percent of Democrats said the lawmakers should accept their coverage while 58 percent of Republicans and 56 percent of independents said they shouldn't.

I'm guessing that the problem for many of these voters is that the federal employees insurance members of Congress eligible for is obviously government run and that the respondents sense that accepting it would be hypocritical on the part of these new lawmakers who based what they called a "government takeover" of health care.

Speaking of what some see as hypocrisy, Rep. Gary Ackerman, a New York Democrat, plans to soon introduce legislation that would rescind some of the most popular parts of the law.

He actually supports provisions like the one that continues medical coverage for children up to age 26 of insured parents and a ban on health insurers dropping coverage for those who get sick.

His aim is to put on the spot Republicans who've vowed to repeal the legislation. Ackerman has given several bills the same name-- Health Insurance Protects America -- Can't Repeal IT, or HIPA-CRIT Act.

Ackerman said in a letter:

"... I'm calling them out on it, and dare the GOP to vote for these bills."