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The post to be today the new Republican controlled house was to vote on repealing obamacare course though it has been postponed because of the shooting tragedy in Arizona.
And it was considered -- symbolic vote anyways since Republicans don't control the senate or have the votes to override a presidential Vito but one congressman.
-- making more than a symbolic gesture in protest of the expansion of government representative Joseph Walsh of Illinois.
Has decided to turn down his federally funded health insurance.
And shop around for private health insurance in spite of his wife's pre existing condition representative Joseph Walsh.
Joins us now congressman great to see you thanks for coming and now it's is your decision on health care and insurance.
A protest of obamacare or just generally -- protest of the privileges.
That go to the elite inside the beltway.
You know David.
Sort of a little above I first made this pledge.
Back in January when congress tried -- exempt themselves from obamacare.
-- so it's partly that and it's also look I I -- I want to present a whole new model of representation.
That I think folks are hungry for.
It's not just the health benefits I'm gonna turn down any of the retirement benefits.
I'm sleeping in my office I want to be home all the time.
I just you know through the course of this campaign it's just Americans are sick and tired of politicians.
In both parties to go to -- ten.
And they they somehow become different -- -- and going I think they stayed there too long and I think they're immune from.
A lot of what they put on the rest of us what we were we were talking before we went on where I grew up in DC that's -- were I develop my -- fame for big government and I saw that firsthand how water.
Lot of congressmen and senators actually have more of an affinity with DC than they -- their home district.
They end up staying here too long.
They end up forgotten what it's like back home.
Look I wanna slap sleeping in my office I'm gonna be home more then I'll be in Washington.
I want to be in front of and with my constituents.
More than I wanna be in Washington with my colleagues.
I didn't know congresswoman Giffords an Arizona but.
Boy it sure sounds like from what I've read about -- that's what she enjoyed doing and mean that's what she was doing on Saturday -- We have -- when she had the heart of the community in her being all the time and I assume she still does now.
-- do you think you're gonna have any effect of changing.
The DC culture because that you know some people in DC like Trent Lott for example Republicans said.
He plans to co -- all of new Tea Party candidates would make when they're sworn in -- version were sworn and what do you think wolf who will affect whom them.
-- well -- good luck former senator -- Trent -- I don't think that's gonna happen David look this is a very unique freshman class.
Even above and beyond its size there are a lot of first time people who've never run for office before.
What sense a lot of us to Washington is we were just so angry and concerned with the direction of the country.
We know most of this class gets it David we've got two years to turn things around to stop the growth the government.
And yes to repeal respectfully.
If we don't do some of these things that we said we were gonna deal.
I think we're going to be in trouble in the at the ballot box in two years by the way what -- -- you've only been there a couple of weeks I assume but what what is your general impression of the the culture inside -- way.
And there is a beltway culture.
888 you can see where the folks who have been here longer become a part of that culture.
But what's -- David is I think I know Republican leadership gets it.
The tone that speaker Boehner.
And and majority leader -- headset has been wonderful there was not a lot of celebrating going -- last week.
When we Republicans were sworn in.
There's a very solemn attitude that we've got a real sense of purpose.
And it's a real businesslike.
Sense that we know what we need to deal.
I think you're gonna see very methodically.
The Republicans going about week after week of trying to cut spending.
And really set out to limit what government -- do you think you're making this special interest that are dug yen inside about -- nervous.
Very much so you can see it in there -- -- they don't quite know how do embrace new comers like myself.
And then number the other members of the for this freshman class they don't quite know what to make of us because we're not beholden to them.
We don't want to stay in DC we want to spend more time back home.
And look what we came here with -- clear set of instructions from the American people.
Speaking for myself I'm back in the veer from those instructions.
By the way that bit we wanna talk about your home state as well because it's not just the did that culture inside the beltway it's a culture inside a lot of state houses of course -- state of Illinois.
Just had a very significant vote last night or early this morning to raise taxes about 60%.
Without any real restraint on the spending habits -- bill and I what are your thoughts on -- It's it's it's pretty depressing David in the dead of the night my home state of Illinois voted to increase.
The individual taxes increased corporate taxes basically telling individuals and businesses in this state.
And so that that's going to continue you'll see business is unfortunately.
Go to Indiana go to Wisconsin where the climate is so much more friendly.
This is probably one of the least friendly business climate states in the country.
That's only gonna continue.
And it's it's it's it's really it's really depressing but you know what David.
We knew that if we re elected a democratic governor.
And we kept democratic majorities in charge down in Springfield they were clear they were gonna raise our -- you know.
-- congressman there that we have the situation in New York where you had a democratic governor voted in Andrew Cuomo of course as the famous democratic father part of the democratic gesture he says he's not gonna raise taxes at all he's gonna take cues from the Republican Chris Christie New Jersey about how to cut the size of government so.
It's not necessarily -- partisan -- I wonder if Illinois he is holding -- the old timers holding out general principles based.
On their idea that -- gonna get a bailout from their friend in the White House.
The quite possibly David but I look I don't I don't think the democratic leadership in this state gets it.
They were very clear before the election that they knew they had that they were going to raise taxes.
Governor Quinn said as much now he raise taxes a heck of a lot more then he said he would during the campaign.
But I think -- I think in the reaction to this David in Illinois has been incredibly strong.
Nom I wish -- felt this way before the election but there will be some real repercussions.
And end I can tell you right how.
There will not be a bailout from Washington DC when it comes to the economic mess that Illinois and Paul Paul -- I -- ahead of the budget -- been clear about that there will be no federal bailouts of states even if they default final question that I gotta run but I just have to ask you there have been some reports -- depressed.
That your wife who has a preexisting condition was not happy would you -- and -- seeking private insurance is that correct or not.
No she wasn't real happy with my sleeping in the office just like David when he came to something -- serious is that.
She's with me all the way she understands why I felt like I had to do what.
We had to deal.
We will take care of her health care but we're gonna do it like millions of Americans have to do it out.
In the private sector and I'm back in a burden.
Taxpayers with our health care understood good for you congressman Joseph Walsh always a pleasure to see you sir thanks for coming at -- a lot.
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