Rep. Ellmers Wants Government-Subsidized Insurance Because Her $174,000 Salary Is Too Little

January 25, 2011 3:04 pm ET — Walid Zafar

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But don't you dare try taking her government-provided health insurance. Ellmers needs to be on the federal employees plan, she recently explained, because living in the nation's capital is too expensive for her modest congressional salary of $174,000.

The News & Observer reports:

Although U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers campaigned in the fall as an ardent opponent of the new health care law recently passed by Congress, she was not reticent about taking advantage of 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," Ellmers said. "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 of money to be here in Congress."

Ellmers, a nurse who is married to a physician, makes a congressional salary of $174,000 per year.

[h/t: Right Wing Watch]