Joe Heck Billboard
December 10th, 2010
New Billboard Challenges Congressman-Elect Joe Heck to Practice What He Preaches: Drop Your Government-Sponsored Health Plan – or Stop Trying Repeal Health Care Reform for Nevada Families
Heck Pledges to Push for Health Care Repeal While He Enjoys His Own Government-Subsidized Health Plan
Washington, DC – Progressive issue-advocacy group Americans United for Chance put up a new billboard today in Las Vegas calling on Congressman-elect Joe Heck (NV-3) to practice what he preaches when it comes to health coverage – or as Heck has put it, “You can compromise your positions but you can’t compromise your values.” Heck has repeatedly said he would come to Washington to repeal the Affordable Care Act, so it’s time for Heck to show he’ll stay true to his values and reject his government-subsidized health plan or stop trying to stop trying to deny 32 million Americans access to the same kind of quality, affordable health care choices he’ll get as member of Congress. Repealing health reform would effectively deny health care coverage to Nevada families that have gone without a lot longer than a month, sometimes years.
In addition to the billboard, Americans United for Change is launching a new website www.dropitorstopit.com, which will continue to take these newly elected health care hypocrites to task. Given the rates at which these incoming members are fraudulently presenting themselves as against government-sponsored health care, www.dropitorstopit.com is sure to fill up quickly.
Tom McMahon, Executive Director, Americans United for Change: “Why is it that Congressional Republicans like Joe Heck, who come to Congress urgently wanting to repeal health reform, think they deserve access to quality, affordable health care – but their constituents don’t? If Heck and his Republican colleagues plan to spend the next two years trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act and prevent millions of Americans from gaining access to same health choices they enjoy, then they should be willing to set the example by dropping their own taxpayer-subsidized health plan first. Otherwise, he’s just going to join the ever growing list of incoming health care hypocrites. So Joe Heck, what say you? Drop it or stop it?”
Heck joins with his fellow freshmen health care hypocrites Andy Harris (R-MD) and Bill Johnson (R-OH).
- Harris is another fervent proponent of repealing the Affordable Care Act, recently made national headlines when he brazenly complained to his colleagues that his congressional health benefits weren’t kicking in soon enough for his liking. Americans United for Change launched a radio and Facebook ad campaign in Maryland calling on Harris to “Drop It or Stop It”: http://www.americansunitedforchange.org/press/releases/drop_your_government-sponsored_health_plan_--_or_stop_trying_repeal_health_/
- Additionally, Americans United for Change called out Johnson when he announced with fanfare that he will forgo congressional health insurance when he takes office next year – of course he failed to mention that he will not be without other government-sponsored health care. “[Johnson] has health insurance available to him as a retired U.S. Air Force officer.” http://www.americansunitedforchange.org/press/releases/talk_about_an_empty_gesture/