Freshman GOP Rep Who Ran Against Health Care Annoyed He Can’t Get Government Health Care Right Away
Andy Harris, a Republican anesthesiologist from Maryland, defeated Rep. Frank Kratovil by running against health care reform. But when Harris showed up for orientation, he made a big deal about having to wait a month for his government-subsidized health care to kick 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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