Thursday, December 2, 2010

Anti-Health Reform Rep. Andy Harris Complains About Waiting For His Gov't. Health Care

Talk about chutzpah. Andy Harris, incoming Republican representative from Maryland, vowed during the elections, "I will fight to repeal health care reform." He's opposed to a bill that extends health care to millions of Americans who don't have it. Once elected, though, Harris supported government health care–that is, for himself. After complaining that he wasn't getting his government health care fast enough, he wondered if he could purchase a month's worth of government health care. Suddenly, then, Harris was for the public option–again, for himself:

A conservative Maryland physician elected to Congress on an anti-Obamacare platform surprised fellow freshmen at a Monday orientation session by demanding to know why his government-subsidized health care plan takes a month to kick in.

Republican Andy Harris, an anesthesiologist who defeated freshman Democrat Frank Kratovil on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, reacted incredulously when informed that federal law mandated that his government-subsidized health care policy would take effect on Feb. 1 – 28 days after his Jan. 3rd swearing-in.

“He stood up and asked the two ladies who were answering questions why it had to take so long, what he would do without 28 days of health care,” said a congressional staffer who saw the exchange. The benefits session, held behind closed doors, drew about 250 freshman members, staffers and family members to the Capitol Visitors Center auditorium late Monday morning.

“Harris then asked if he could purchase insurance from the government to cover the gap,” added the aide, who was struck by the similarity to Harris’s request and the public option he denounced as a gateway to socialized medicine.

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