Republican Ann Marie Buerkle Didn't Know Government Pays Her Health Care

RedTracker|  Freshman Republican Representative Ann Marie Buerkle is one of 19 Republicans targeted by the Deocratic Congressional Committee in Washington, DC in a series of radio and web ads across Central New York.

Buerkle, R-Onondaga Hill, won the 25th Congressional District seat over Democrat Dan Maffei by fewer than 600 votes, or less than 1 percentage point, in the November election. via

The DCCC said the ad campaign is called the “Drive to 25,” the number of House seats that Democrats need to take the majority.

The ads criticize Buerkle, claiming that she supports a Republican bill to cut federal education spending by 40 percent, as well as science and technology research spending by 40 percent.(Note: AOC supports cutting entitlements including raising the social security age and other tough choices in entitlements, as well as cuts to military spending, to balance the budget. Our belief is that both Democrats and Republicans lack the will to tackle the tough decisions of entitlements.)

Earlier this week, Congresswoman Buerkle was embarassed at her first packed town meeting, when two people asked her about own health care insurance. Buerkle voted to repeal the health care reform act.

At first she said she couldn’t understand why people were so interested in her health insurance, and that taxpayers didn’t pay anything for it. She later corrected herself after being handed a note from a staffer. Like most employees, she pays for a portion of her insurance and her employer, the government, pays the rest, she said. via

Of course, the government is the taxpayers. Congress has shown no interest in changing their own health care insurance policy.