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Patrick Murphy says he'll give up health care subsidy, siding with Republicans



Rep. Patrick Murphy, the freshman Democrat who beat Allen West, says he'll give up a federal health care subsidy, a move that aligns him with Republicans.

"The debates over keeping our government operating and over the health care law are separate issues," Murphy said tonight in a statement. "I have always said that Obamacare needs improvements and I have supported several measures to do just that. I agree that Congress should not have any special privileges, especially when it cannot do its job and has failed the American people. That is why I will not be accepting a subsidy for my health care and I challenge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle who voted for tonight's amendment to do the same. I once again urge the leaders of both parties to sit down and work out a clean funding bill to keep our government operating."

House Republicans tonight passed an amendment to eliminate the subsidy, which was quickly rejected by the Senate. Murphy is considered one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the country.

[Last modified: Monday, September 30, 2013 11:14pm]


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