|By Brian Brueggemann, Belleville News-Democrat|
Eggers, a Republican from
Eggers made the remarks during a BND interview about her candidacy. At one point, she was asked whether she would sign up for a pension -- a perk that a few candidates and lawmakers have declined.
Eggers said she would not accept the pension because the state is broke, but then added, "Actually, I'm in it for the insurance, health insurance. I'm an independent business owner and I've got a daughter that's got, one that's got kidney issues and one that's got breathing issues, and I've got an insurance rider for her kidneys, even though we're not supposed to be, what is it called, pre-existing."
She continued, "So, No. 1, the reason why I did it was for the health care, because it has pretty good health care. That's my honest answer."
Eggers' campaign, when asked later in the week whether she wished to clarify her remarks, said she will not accept the insurance if elected.
She said in the prepared statement: "As an
In the earlier interview, Eggers said she would not accept a pension, because of the state's financial problems: "If we're broke, we're broke."
She then explained that she would take the health insurance "because every family nowadays makes a decision between, if their husband works and their wife works, who has a better insurance plan. That's a no-brainer. That's what I would do, too."
But then she backpedaled some: "Actually, we've got a good health care plan now, so ... I might not even do that, too. So, until I get there and take a look at it, I can't tell you."
Eggers also seemed to shift her position on whether she would take the state-funded pension available to lawmakers: "Now, if we start to pay off all of our debt, and we start to get jobs here, and we start to grow the economy like the way I want to, and if we're doing well, then a rising tide raises all ships, and then, you know, we're back in a land of everybody prospering, and that would be wonderful for this area, right? Yes."
When asked whether that meant she'd take the pension if the state's finances improved, she replied: "If we weren't broke, it'd be a different story, but we're broke, so no. You see what I'm saying? You're asking questions based on a what-if world."
Eggers is running against appointed state Rep.
Costello, when asked for comment on Eggers' remarks, said: "Obviously, everybody does a job for a different reason. I'm in this job to help the people of