On Thursday, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) called on 55 Republican adversaries of the public option to give up their government-funded health insurance. The congressman argued that it is hypocritical for Senate and House members receiving "government-administered single-payer health care -- Medicare" to oppose making such coverage available to the American public.
"Even in a town known for hypocrisy, this list of 55 Members of Congress deserve some sort of prize," Weiner wrote. "They apparently think the public option is ok for them, but not anyone else."
Weiner, a member of the Health Subcommittee and co-chair of the Caucus on the Middle Class, has been a strong advocate of the public option. In recent weeks, he has challenged his own party, as well as President Obama to ensure that the final health bill includes an affordable public insurance plan for Americans.
A press release from Weiner's office identifies the congressional recipients of Medicare that he thinks should give up their government-funded insurance plans. The list includes Senate Finance Committee members Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), part of the Gang of Six that helped shape health care reform.