January 24, 2011
Tea Party US representative Ellmers to use Congressional health insurance
WPTF NewsRadio 680 Raleigh- Renee Ellmers (R-NC)
The News & Observer
Although Rep. Renee Ellmers campaigned last fall as an ardent opponent of the new health care law passed by Congress, she was not reticent about taking advantage the health plan offered to members of Congress.
Appearing on a WPTF radio call-in show Monday, Ellmers was asked by a caller whether she intended to participate in "that luxury plan" offered to members of Congress.
Ellmers responded that she signed up for a Blue Cross, Blue Shield federal employees plan, one of the options offered to members of Congress.
"Unfortunately, being here in Washington is very expensive," said Ellmers. "Yes we do have a salary and we do have benefits. It costs a lot of money to be here. I've signed on to the private plan, just like so many in America are on. The benefit is available to me. People need to understand out there it costs a lot money to be here in Congress."
Ellmers, a nurse who is married to a physician, makes a congressional salary of $174,000 per year.