Last week, Politico and Talking Points Memo carried a story that sounded so outrageous you had to wonder if it wasn’t a new urban legend. Unfortunately, amazingly, it was true.
New GOP congressman from Maryland Andy Harris, M.D. was in D.C. with other incoming members for orientation. One of the main issues of the Harris campaign was repealing “ObamaCare”.
So what issue does Mr. Harris get upset about during orientation? According to Politico, quoting a congressional staffer,
“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.”
No, it wasn’t a misquote or a phony liberal socialist lie. According to a Harris spokesperson,
Harris also told the audience, “This is the only employer I’ve ever worked for where you don’t get coverage the first day you are employed.”
According to the new congressman’s own website, AndyHarris.com:
“As a physician, I know that our health insurance system is in need of repair. However, the answer to the ever-rising cost of insurance is not the expansion of government-run or government-mandated insurance but, instead, common-sense market based solutions that ensure decisions are made by patients and their doctors.”
But, it looks like Harris and the rest of the GOP congressional delegation are quite happy to accept the taxpayer funded, government run insurance plan that congress gets. If you, like us, find this incredibly hypocritical, please support the CREDO Action Repeal Your Own Health Care campaign. This campaign is supporting an effort by Democratic members of Congress to gather signatures for a letter to GOP leaders:
Four members — Joe Crowley (NY), Linda Sanchez (CA), Donna Edwards (MD), and Tim Ryan (OH) — are rounding up signatures for a letter to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Speaker-to-be John Boehner, encouraging them to press their members to refuse their federal health benefits based on the same principles underlying their opposition to health care reform.
“It is amazing that your members would complain about not having health care coverage for a few weeks, even after campaigning to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which will help provide coverage to millions of Americans who find themselves without health insurance for months or even years,” the letter reads. “It begs the question: how many members of the Republican conference will be forgoing the employer-subsidized FEHBP coverage and experiencing what so many Americans find themselves forced to face? If your conference wants to deny millions of Americans affordable health care, your members should walk that walk.”
Lets make sure that the GOP is held accountable.