It’s easy to talk the talk, but of two McHenry County politicians speaking out on pensions and health insurance, only one is walking the walk.
He is Republican Joe Walsh.
Jack Franks was featured on a front page article of the Northwest Herald about legislative pensions. (McHenry County Blog print
“If we are going to ask others to have their pensions reduced, we have to do ours as well.”
That Franks’ quote was right next to a newly snapped photo of me and the amount of my pension–$77,506.
The amount was first posted in the comment section on January 3rd of McHenry County Blog at the request of a commenter. It was under my article listing the top 50 legislative pensions, as revealed by Jim Tobin of National Taxpayers United of Illinois. (I didn’t make the top fifty.)
Sunday, the Daily Herald ran a big article Congressman Joe Walsh.
Before Walsh took office he announced that he would not take health insurance or participate in the congressional pension plan.
You may remember that many Republicans criticized Democrats backing Obamacare for not including themselves and their families in the same health benefit plan they were imposing on most other Americans.
Walsh is one who is walking the walk by paying for his family’s own health insurance.
Maybe Franks is allowing some private enterprise to pay for his family’s health insurance, but, if so, he has not revealed that.
The end of the Northwest Herald article does reveal that Franks has not taken Joe Walsh’s congressional pension path, however.
Here’s the content:
“…as for what he is going to do with his pension once he’s eligible?
“’I don’t know. Good question,’”