Another newly elected Republican member of Congress says he will not accept the government-sponsored health insurance plan available to lawmakers.

Rep.-elect Joe Walsh (Ill.), who rode a wave of Tea Party support to defeat three-term Rep. Melissa Bean (D) in November, said he does not believe lawmakers should receive the benefits.

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"I don’t think congressmen should get pensions or cushy healthcare plans," he told the Chicago News Cooperative

Republicans who staunchly opposed President Obama's healthcare reform plan have come under pressure from Democrats and liberal activist groups to decline their government healthcare benefits upon taking office.

Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) penned a letter to GOP leaders that demanded Republican members "walk that walk" and refuse their federally subsidized coverage.

"If your conference wants to deny millions of Americans affordable health care, your members should walk that walk," Crowley wrote to incoming House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerDems face hard choice for State of the Union response Even some conservatives seem open to return to earmarks Overnight Finance: Trump, lawmakers take key step to immigration deal | Trump urges Congress to bring back earmarks | Tax law poised to create windfall for states | Trump to attend Davos | Dimon walks back bitcoin criticism MORE (Ohio) and Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants NSA spying program overcomes key Senate hurdle Overnight Finance: Lawmakers see shutdown odds rising | Trump calls for looser rules for bank loans | Consumer bureau moves to revise payday lending rule | Trump warns China on trade deficit MORE (Ky.). "You cannot enroll in the very kind of coverage that you want for yourselves, and then turn around and deny it to Americans who don't happen to be Members of Congress."

The push began in earnest after Rep.-elect Andy Harris (R-Md.) reportedly complained in a private November meeting that his government healthcare benefits did not begin immediately.

So far, incoming Reps. Bobby Schilling (R-Ill.) and Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) have declined their government health insurance.

But Walsh's wife is reportedly unhappy with her husband's decision: She has a pre-existing medical condition and will have to purchase her own insurance, according to the Chicago News Cooperative.