Monday, Dec. 13, 2010 | 4:08 p.m.
Americans United For Change, a liberal advocacy group, recently erected a billboard near the Las Vegas Strip challenging incoming Republican Rep. Joe Heck to forgo his government-issued, Congressional health insurance.
"Congressman Heck: Drop your government health care...or stop trying to take away ours!" the billboard on East Sahara Avenue reads.
Heck, an emergency room doctor, campaigned on changing and repealing portions of the health care reform bill Congress passed in March.
"If Heck and his Republican colleagues plan to spend the next two years trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act and prevent millions of Americans from gaining access to the same health choices they enjoy, then they should be willing to set the example by dropping their own taxpayer-subsidized health plan first," said Tom McMahon, executive director for Americans United for Change.
Heck also is featured on a website the group launched to call out members of Congress who have criticized health care reform but have not refused Congressional health insurance plans.
Heck replaces in January one-term Democratic Rep. Dina Titus, who voted in favor of health care reform.