GOP freshman renounces his health plan in repeal debate

Another freshman Republican publicly rejected his healthcare benefits as a member of Congress before the House votes to repeal healthcare reform.

Rep. Robert Dold (R-Ill.) said during a speech on the House floor on Wednesday afternoon that he'd rejected the healthcare plan to which he's entitled as a member of Congress.

"We have an opportunity here, an opportunity for real reform. We want that, we need that, the American people have demanded it. From American businesses and people all across the United States, they demand it," Dold said. "And from the other side that said we came and had healthcare reform, I did not take the congressional plan."

Dold is one of 10 new Republican lawmakers who are on the record as having rejected their healthcare plans, as Democrats look to shine the spotlight on Republicans who have kept theirs.

Members of Congress are eligible for coverage through the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHP), which offers access to a variety of private healthcare plans. It is not a "government-run" program like a single-payer system.

Nonetheless, Democrats argue that it's hypocritical for GOP lawmakers to accept healthcare coverage with the assistance of taxpayer dollars while voting to do away with spending to expand access to healthcare coverage.

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), for instance, faced criticism during debate on the House floor on Wednesday afternoon for having opting to keep his plan.