By Julian Pecquet - 07/11/11 02:47 PM EDT
A pro-healthcare reform group is publicly demanding that lawmakers from eight battleground states return their government health insurance after they voted for GOP legislation to overhaul Medicare's payment system.
"Anyone who voted for the Republican budget that ends Medicare should put their money where their mouth is by signing our 'return receipt' for their government insurance and go out on their own into the private market," Protect Your Care spokesman Eddie Vale said in a statement. "If they refuse to sign, it's proof they're blatant hypocrites who would take away Medicare from seniors while keeping their own government insurance."
The overhaul would replace the current Medicare system with payments to private insurers, and seniors would choose insurance plans from the private market.
The Republican proposal would affect people who are currently under the age of 55, including former members of Congress.