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November 16, 2010

HOUSE REPUBLICAN WANTS HIS GOVERNMENT-SUBSIDIZED HEALTH CARE NOW.... It perfectly reasonable for Andy Harris, like all Americans, to want health care coverage. He's a husband and father of five, and I'm sure he worries about his family losing their health insurance, just like everyone else.

The difference, in this case, is that Andy Harris is a newly-elected far-right congressman from Maryland. Yesterday, at an orientation session, he and his colleagues were told that their health coverage would take effect on Feb. 1, and Harris, an anesthesiologist who railed against the Affordable Care Act to get elected, suggested that's not soon enough.

He wants his government-subsidized health care -- and he wants it now.

"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. [...]

"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.

Harris, a Maryland state senator who works at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and several hospitals on the Eastern Shore, 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," his spokeswoman Anna Nix told POLITICO.

Harris spent months condemning the idea of Americans being entitled to taxpayer-subsidized health care coverage. Now that the election's over, Harris suddenly feels entitled to taxpayer-subsidized health care coverage -- and wants it immediately. (For the record, Harris and his family will probably rely on COBRA to stay insured until his coverage kicks in. COBRA, of course, is another government program that the right opposed.)

That Harris apparently sought a public option for him and his family just makes the whole story that much more hilarious.

Just to clarify, I don't actually blame the far-right congressman-elect. He wants coverage for him and his family, and doesn't want to have to worry about a 28-day gap in which he, his wife, and his kids would have no protections if they get sick.

I do, however, blame the far-right congressman-elect for failing to realize that millions of American families want the same peace of mind he's seeking.

Harris wants to know "what he would do without 28 days of health care"? I don't know, Andy, what have tens of millions of Americans, including millions of children, done without access to quality health care for years? Why are you entitled to government-subsidized health care, but they're not? What will those families do after you repeal the Affordable Care Act? Wait for tort reform to magically cover everyone?

What an embarrassment.

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Posted by: bobbyp on November 16, 2010 at 8:32 AM | PERMALINK

A liberal is a conservative who lost his healthcare.

Maybe not in this guy's case (the further right you go the harder it is to find either shame or consistency), but probably a good general principle for normal people.

Posted by: Basilisc on November 16, 2010 at 8:41 AM | PERMALINK

I found it equally infuriating/laughable when he complained that the 28-day waiting period was a sign of how "inefficient" the government is. HA!! I've always had to wait for the coverage to kick in, and in at least one case it was a 90-day waiting period.

Perhaps he didn't have to wait because, you know, he worked at a HOSPITAL!

Hey, Republicans, where do you GET these morons? I'd accuse you of cloning them, but we know that goes against your religious beliefs ...

Posted by: blondie on November 16, 2010 at 8:41 AM | PERMALINK

It's not an embarrassment, it's typical disgusting republican hypocrisy.

The fundamental problem with republicans is their personnality defect that they have no empathy. The absence of empathy is at the core of their indecency.

Posted by: Pluege on November 16, 2010 at 8:42 AM | PERMALINK

That Harris apparently sought a public option for him and his family just makes the whole story that much more hilarious.
NO! It is not even mildly amusing. This kind of hipocracy makes me sick. He probably goes to church on Sunday too. How can someone who works in the medical community be so oblivious to the plight of the uninsured. I guess he manages to dodge any duty at the emergency ward(every-man's free clinic). That POS needs to be vilified and be made to serve at one of the Doctors Without Borders clinics that take place in his third world country.

Posted by: John R on November 16, 2010 at 8:43 AM | PERMALINK

This doesn't even qualify as hypocrisy-- it's just "I want mine, and fuck you."

Posted by: MattF on November 16, 2010 at 8:44 AM | PERMALINK

Hey, Doc, good to hear you didn't choose to work for a grocery chain, such as Fred Meyers or Safeway, where, you have to work for an entire year while averaging a high amount of hours, in order to qualify. Oh, you wanted your family to be covered, as well? Well, Doc, you must work an extra year for that.

Enjoy you new 'percs' when they kick in. First day, indeed.

Posted by: berttheclock on November 16, 2010 at 8:45 AM | PERMALINK

"This is the only employer I've ever worked for where you don't get coverage the first day you are employed,"

What blondie said -- what an out-of-touch elitist. I've had to wait for my coverage to kick in, and I'm an ivory-tower academic (I think one of the universities I worked at pulled this stunt). And there are some employers that *gasp* DON"T OFFER INSURANCE AT ALL.

That's why we need, you know, universal health care.

Posted by: matt w on November 16, 2010 at 8:46 AM | PERMALINK

"People who have what they want are fond of tell those that haven't what they want that they really don't want it"

Ogden Nash

Harris and his ilk are nauseating ass holes.

Posted by: stevio on November 16, 2010 at 8:46 AM | PERMALINK

After more than a year of hearing how government funded health care is one short step away from Naziism, I was shocked, SHOCKED, to learn that there is a government funded doctors office in the Capital Building, itself!

It is an insult, an INSULT, to the dignity of the institution of the United States Congress that our representatives and senators are forced to endure the horrors of government funded health care.

I am certain that the first action that the Republicans in the next Congress will take will be to eliminate this insidious corrupter of all that is decent and American.

We REAL AMERICANS do not want to see the U.S. Congress turned into the Reichstag.

Posted by: Teabagger point of view on November 16, 2010 at 8:46 AM | PERMALINK

There you go kids ...
http://www.andyharris.com/


Drop Mr Harris a line and let him know what a POS he is.

Posted by: John R on November 16, 2010 at 8:51 AM | PERMALINK

This is my new congressperson. Sigh.

Posted by: me on November 16, 2010 at 8:54 AM | PERMALINK

Its a good thing that there are no problems in his state and I glad he is covered:

http://www.bizjournals.com/baltimore/stories/2010/09/13/daily33.html

The number of Marylanders who lack health insurance jumped to 793,000 in 2009, according to Census Bureau information released Thursday.

The state’s tally increased 14 percent from 2008, the report shows. But the number of uninsured Marylanders in 2009 was only 17,000 more than lacked coverage in 2006, before the state expanded Medicaid and other public health programs.

The number of uninsured Marylanders dipped to 669,000 in 2008, before rising unemployment contributed to the increase last year.

The Census report, which also shows that nearly 51 million Americans were without health care coverage last year, could be used to fuel support for the federal health care reform law that is designed to extend benefits to another 32 million U.S. residents.

The number of Marylanders who lack health insurance jumped to 793,000 in 2009, according to Census Bureau information released Thursday.

The state’s tally increased 14 percent from 2008, the report shows. But the number of uninsured Marylanders in 2009 was only 17,000 more than lacked coverage in 2006, before the state expanded Medicaid and other public health programs.

The number of uninsured Marylanders dipped to 669,000 in 2008, before rising unemployment contributed to the increase last year.

The Census report, which also shows that nearly 51 million Americans were without health care coverage last year, could be used to fuel support for the federal health care reform law that is designed to extend benefits to another 32 million U.S. residents.

Read more: Census: Maryland uninsured rate rose 14 percent in 2009 | Baltimore Business Journal

Posted by: John R on November 16, 2010 at 8:56 AM | PERMALINK

There is going to be WAY more of this sort of stuff. Many of these people simply do not believe much of what is reality - details, like, how government works; what our laws really say and do; what the federal budget actually does; how taxes are collected, etc. Manyof them simply DO NOT KNOW - and they have chosen not to know. Many people I talk to think that government officials simply stuff their pockets with big wads of cash.

Now that we have elected many of they, we get to find out how much they don't know or understand. It will be death by 1000 cuts.

btw - a guy who works at Hopkins wants reduced federal spending? That is rich.

Posted by: bigutah on November 16, 2010 at 8:59 AM | PERMALINK

Just when I think that Republicans can't get any more hypocritical and shameless, they plumb new depths.

I don't know why I'm still surprised by their chutzpah and cognitive dissonance.

Posted by: KangarooJack on November 16, 2010 at 9:01 AM | PERMALINK

"The fundamental problem with republicans is their personnality defect that they have no empathy. The absence of empathy is at the core of their indecency"

No, the problem is with the people who continually fall for these flim-flam men and vote them into office time after time.

Posted by: SaintZak on November 16, 2010 at 9:03 AM | PERMALINK

Everyone should write to him and demand that he resign immediately. Holy cow! A hypocrite in the republican part? Mine costs about $450 a month out of my pocket which is a hassle each month to pay. And, with a $2,500 deductible they never pay a cent in claims. Way to go republicans, you've given Jon Stewart enough material to go to an hour show. Stupid voters are destroying our country.

Posted by: john on November 16, 2010 at 9:04 AM | PERMALINK

Seen on tens of millions of car bumpers and TV ads....

"I want what Andy Harris wants"

And then I woke up.

Posted by: chopin on November 16, 2010 at 9:05 AM | PERMALINK

We'll have to implement a new arrogance meter now that we have a far right physician, whose ego knows no bounds. Bill Frist can rest easy. By the way Harris is a big player in the fight to prevent nurse anesthetists from having more responsibility, which would lower costs immensely at the expense of..you guessed it..anesthesiologists.

And my daughter has worked at two hospitals that implmented health care after 30 days. Not rare at all for the routine employees..except maybe for anesthesiologists. We have someone here who has a severe entitlement complex.

Posted by: Mudge on November 16, 2010 at 9:11 AM | PERMALINK

I sent him some helpful advice about COBRA (including the history -- it's not just a liberal piece of legislation, it's a TED KENNEDY liberal piece of legislation. I made sure he knew that, but I was very polite in my email.)

Posted by: dr2chase on November 16, 2010 at 9:12 AM | PERMALINK

If anyone still believes physicians are not awful politicians I offer Andy Harris as Exhibit A. Rand Paul gets an advance Lifetime Achievement Award for hypocrisy after demanding his 23% Medicare physician fee reduction be rescinded.

Posted by: max on November 16, 2010 at 9:13 AM | PERMALINK

"This is my new congressperson. Sigh."

A letter to the editor of your local newspaper might help cure your depression.

We need to point out the hypocrisy of these people at each and every opportunity.

Posted by: delNorte on November 16, 2010 at 9:15 AM | PERMALINK

As I said last night, if we had a functioning Democratic party the Andy Harris health insurance incident would provide the opening shot in the 2012 campaign. At least internet ads and talk on all the blogs and talk shows. We don't so this outrage will soon be forgotten. Even Steve Benen doesn't begrudge Harris his desire for health insurance now.

Posted by: Ron Byers on November 16, 2010 at 9:24 AM | PERMALINK

This would be a much more potent argument if the Unaffordable Care Act didn't require uninsured people to wait four more years for coverage.

Posted by: Tom Allen on November 16, 2010 at 9:24 AM | PERMALINK

Well, he does realize, doesn't he, that he and his family will likely have to go before the death panels if they do get sick under his new socialized medical plan?

Posted by: Varecia on November 16, 2010 at 9:24 AM | PERMALINK

Hey, Republicans, where do you GET these morons? I'd accuse you of cloning them...

Haven't you heard about the mice with fully functioning human brains? They ain't living in rat-holes, you know.

Posted by: hells littlest angel on November 16, 2010 at 9:25 AM | PERMALINK

Someone will have to work long and hard to pry the "Hypocrite's-Hypocrite Award" from this assclown.
But I'm sure there are plenty of Republicans fully capable of making a spirited effort.

Posted by: c u n d gulag on November 16, 2010 at 9:26 AM | PERMALINK

@max, careful with that broad brush. Yes, there are several Doctors on the right who makes one wonder how they ever passed medical school. But, do not forget US Rep Jim McDermott from the State of Washington, the psychiatrist who fought hard to stop the War in Iraq. In addition, Dr Kitzhaber, will be sworn in to take the helm of Oregon, once again. Both are outstanding Democrats, as well as MDs.

Posted by: berttheclock on November 16, 2010 at 9:28 AM | PERMALINK

"Harris then asked if he could purchase insurance from the government to cover the gap,"

Andy, I'm sure you and Cookie will figure out a way. Might I suggest selling one of your five kids to help pay health insurance for the other four? Maybe on week nights Cookie could work the poles at the local titty bar, I hear they make pretty good money. She wouldn't even need to adopt a "stage" name.

Posted by: AndThenThere'sThat on November 16, 2010 at 9:30 AM | PERMALINK

This isn't hypocrisy, it's ignorance. He didn't oppose "Obamacare" because it helped people. He opposed it because he believed the lies about it and thinks it'll cost lots of money and destroy our healthcare system.

Same goes for most conservatives. They truly think it's a lousy law because they trusted people who were lying to them.

Posted by: Doctor Biobrain on November 16, 2010 at 9:30 AM | PERMALINK

These guys should have to do what they advocate for others: go out into the private market and purchase their own policies. Find a so called "low premium" health savings account. Go through the medical exam and underwriter gauntlet. And find out how much their deductibles are for "affordable" policies. COBRA makes it too easy for assholes like this who are definitely not living paycheck to paycheck.

Posted by: lou on November 16, 2010 at 9:31 AM | PERMALINK

Seems now is a good time to send a legion of highly infectious uninsured to visit DC and lobby their soon to be congresspersons.

Posted by: martin on November 16, 2010 at 9:36 AM | PERMALINK

These people are all the same. They have principles, values, beliefs, etc, etched in stone until.... it affects them. They are hypocrits beyond belief and the people who support them well what can I say--total morons.

Posted by: Chris on November 16, 2010 at 9:45 AM | PERMALINK

I wrote to him, and I've been sending his addess out to people. He should get flooded with emails. Everyone should write to him.

Posted by: SaintZak on November 16, 2010 at 9:54 AM | PERMALINK

He should just go to the emergency room. I thought the right considers that a fully acceptable form of health care.

Posted by: rw on November 16, 2010 at 9:56 AM | PERMALINK

I did some research, and it turns out that Harris's Great-Great Grandfather also ran for Congress in 1910. A Veterinarian, he won the district with his stirring, vehement opposition to the automobile.
Upon arriving for his orientation, he was pissed-off to find that he'd have to wait until February for his government limo and driver.

***OK, I made that up. But it's entirely within the realm of possiblity.

Posted by: c u n d gulag on November 16, 2010 at 10:02 AM | PERMALINK

Those who cannot tell the difference between covering government employees and covering all Americans are either willfully ignorant or intellectually deficient. Harris' question -- why does it take so long for employee benefits to kick in when you know we are coming for two months -- is not unreasonable, and is in no way comparable to the issue of whether or not government should impose socialized medicine upon the American people.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right on November 16, 2010 at 10:02 AM | PERMALINK

Republican lawmakers are shameless hypocrites because their constituents just don't care that they are.

Posted by: Gregory on November 16, 2010 at 10:10 AM | PERMALINK

The issue is comparable. Harris hired into a job expecting health benefits, many people do. Companies not only restrict hours to avoid healthcare coverage but also demand a 90 day wating period for them to kick in.

The fear that spiked in Harris is one that millions of Americans experience. He could have an accident two days after starting work and he's screwed, same with his family members.

Posted by: Silver Owl on November 16, 2010 at 10:11 AM | PERMALINK

Anyone who thinks the ACA is anywhere near "socialized medicine" is "either willfully ignorant or intellectually deficient."

You know what, Rhymes with Right, I'll do you one better. You're both. I'll give you this, you're courage is commendable, charging into a battle of wits unarmed as you were.

Posted by: doubtful on November 16, 2010 at 10:13 AM | PERMALINK

Andy: I'd rather die than see my family go without the government-subsidized healthcare that I don't want the rest of America to have!

Ghost of Christmas Present: Well, if you're going to die, then you had better do it---and thus decrease the surplus population!

Posted by: S. Waybright on November 16, 2010 at 10:15 AM | PERMALINK

@RwR:

Those of us still looking for work in the sectors above basic service jobs have been dealing with "contract to perm" opportunities for many years. These positions, when available, offer between three and twelve months' employment through an agency before the business actually converts them over to their own employment. In these cases, healthcare coverage is usually offered by the company 30 to 90 days after "initial hire date," which is the date of conversion rather than the date one initially starts work in the business. This is a fairly standard policy. Companies doing this have the lead time while the employee is on contract plus their own waiting period as an employee to wait to fund coverage on their own, which in the worst case can give an employer a fifteen month window before they offer anything. Two months' lead for a Congressperson is comparatively short. Inefficiency has nothing to do with it.

In addition, calling the representative's labors in Congress a "job" gives the big fat lie to all those claims that working for the government isn't employment. Either the congressman is working for the government - in which case all those construction laborers on infrastructure projects and TANF folks were too - or it is public service. If the former, making noise about healthcare coverage "from your employer" means that government CAN create jobs; if the latter, then he shouldn't expect services from an institution he's serving out of civic duty in the first place.

Posted by: boatboy_srq on November 16, 2010 at 10:19 AM | PERMALINK

Here's a brochure from the FEHBP for the state of Maryland under Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Note on page 145:

"We will not refuse to cover the treatment of a condition you had before you enrolled in this Plan solely because you had the condition before you enrolled."

http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/planinfo/2011/brochures/71-005.pdf

Posted by: flyonthewall on November 16, 2010 at 10:27 AM | PERMALINK

"The fear that spiked in Harris is one that millions of Americans experience. He could have an accident two days after starting work and he's screwed, same with his family members."

Well then hopefully he'll break a hip before Feb. 1.

Posted by: SaintZak on November 16, 2010 at 10:29 AM | PERMALINK

RwR,
Nice straw man, but it's a no-go. Harris is (was) concerned that he would have to wait for employer insurance to kick in and his family would be without coverage for a short period. This, after he railed against reforming a system that requires millions of Americans to go without coverage themselves - for much longer time periods.

When you prop up straw men, don't be surprised when they go up in flames.

Posted by: jcricket on November 16, 2010 at 10:34 AM | PERMALINK

For anyone intersted, here's a post I wrote on the subject. Enjoy!
It's the Ignorance, Stupid

Posted by: Doctor Biobrain on November 16, 2010 at 10:39 AM | PERMALINK

It's fascinating to see a winger Congressman in the same situation -- even if only for a few days -- as an ordinary Joe. They don't seem to like it any more than I figured they would.

Shame on me, but if I had my way we'd see it a good deal more often.

Posted by: Fleas correct the era on November 16, 2010 at 10:40 AM | PERMALINK

Well, the solution is obvious - it's what everyone does when they transition jobs. He should pay a month's COBRA on his old insurance - it'll probably run around a thousand dollars - because if you don't, it falls into the no pre-existing conditions clauses and is family won't be covered. If his wife is pregnant he'll probably need to keep her on COBRA for the length of the pregnancy. That's be around $350/month.

Why is it ordinary folks can manage this stuff but wingnut congressmen can't?

Posted by: glendenb on November 16, 2010 at 11:01 AM | PERMALINK

From the last two posts, can we assume that Steve's calculated response to skullduggery by conservatives in the new congress will be amusement? Is he laying the groundwork for acceptance of future Obama capitulations to the scamps? It will be much less embarrassing if he hasn't portrayed them too much as villains in the recent past.

Posted by: Michael7843853 on November 16, 2010 at 11:02 AM | PERMALINK

Is it just me, or does anyone else think "I've got mine, so screw you!" should be added to the GOP seal?

In other news, Rhymes with Right is so "willfully ignorant" and "intellectually deficient" (not to mention obviously ideologically driven) that he can't understand the hypocrisy of a guy who railed against taxpayer-funded health care whining about how long he needs to wait to receive his ... taxpayer-funded health care.

When the fuck did greed and selfishness become virtues in this nation? Because it's repulsive.

Posted by: Mark D on November 16, 2010 at 11:18 AM | PERMALINK

FWIW, the internal logic seems to be, "hey, I got a job, I'm not a slacker like all those unamerican welfare queens." If you have a job, any job, you get to keep your rights as a citizen in our corporatocracy. Of course, those rights don't actually involve guaranteed healthcare, but at least we'll let you sleep on the porch for a couple of nights instead of calling the police.

But when you lose your job for whatever reason, you're demoted to "expired green card" status. Until you find a way to expunge the shame and sin of being jobless, you had best keep your head down and your nose clean, and no whining about pre-existing conditions either.

Posted by: GP on November 16, 2010 at 11:24 AM | PERMALINK

"Dear Congressman-elect Harris,

I sincerely hope that your brush with non-coverage gives you a sense of empathy for the millions of Americans who face this fear every day.

If it doesn't, I suggest to you that the government is not valuing your contributions sufficiently and that you should Go Galt to punish us as a nation for our failure to compensate you.

Wishing you a happy and family-filled holiday season,"

Posted by: PunditusMaximus on November 16, 2010 at 11:32 AM | PERMALINK

I don't know which is scariest, that the new Congressman from the State that gave me my great grandfather and grandmother can't spot his own hypocrisy, or that as an Anesthesiologist, he can actually "kill grandma"!!!

Posted by: Mimi on November 16, 2010 at 11:48 AM | PERMALINK

I am SOOO glad this is headline news on all the blogs... The Tea Partiers were just trying to get cushy govt. jobs?

Posted by: jjm on November 16, 2010 at 11:52 AM | PERMALINK

The real question is why any of these scumbags get coverage before they are sworn in.

Posted by: madmatt on November 16, 2010 at 12:07 PM | PERMALINK

Don't get sick, congressman.


Posted by: Cowpunk on November 16, 2010 at 1:28 PM | PERMALINK

Bienvenidos a America.

Posted by: MikeMacD on November 16, 2010 at 2:10 PM | PERMALINK

If Harris needs health care, he should do what the Republicans tell the poor to do: go to the emergency room.

Of course if you need something like chemotherapy the emergency room doesn't work so well, but that's just tough.

Posted by: J. Frank Parnell on November 16, 2010 at 2:47 PM | PERMALINK

berttheclock said:
"@max, careful with that broad brush. Yes, there are several Doctors on the right who makes one wonder how they ever passed medical school. But, do not forget US Rep Jim McDermott from the State of Washington, the psychiatrist who fought hard to stop the War in Iraq. In addition, Dr Kitzhaber, will be sworn in to take the helm of Oregon, once again. Both are outstanding Democrats, as well as MDs."

Good points bert. My experiences as a fed with Bill Frist and his crooked family (the Columbia/HCA hospital system) regarding health care fraud, and my recent observations of Rand Paul's impractical, extremist views may have clouded my judgement a tad.

Posted by: max on November 16, 2010 at 2:50 PM | PERMALINK

Another good doctor in politics: Howard Dean.

Posted by: JoyfulA on November 16, 2010 at 2:55 PM | PERMALINK

It's understandable but not right to wish on poor Andy or his family serious medical disaster.

However, I do earnestly hope that he comes down with the world's worst case of hemorrhoids before his insurance kicks in. That will be entirely justified considering what an asshole he is.

Posted by: bluestatedon on November 16, 2010 at 3:03 PM | PERMALINK

madmatt, you are right to ask that. Not only is Dr. Harris asking for something he would deny many other Americans, he is throwing his Tea Party Tantrum because he isn't getting something no one ever gets: employer-sponsored health insurance before he starts the job. Dr. Harris will not be sworn in as a member of Congress until January. Apart from an inflated sense of personal entitlement, what makes him think he should get coverage now? After all, he isn't getting a paycheck now.

Posted by: RBHolb on November 16, 2010 at 3:26 PM | PERMALINK

None of the hypocrisy on the right surprises me anymore.

They seem to have absorbed the message from their gurus Limpbaugh and BecKKK that everyone else is inferior to them and that they are special (Aryan blood prolly) and deserve to be treated as such - what? can't everyone see it?

I really like the suggestion of the following commenter to deal with such myself.

They'll discover just how special they are as they wait for their coverage to kick in.

S

Seems now is a good time to send a legion of highly infectious uninsured to visit DC and lobby their soon to be congresspersons.
________________

Posted by: Suzan on November 16, 2010 at 3:27 PM | PERMALINK

I don't see what the big deal is. Mr. Harris could purchase insurance from one of the many fine health insurance companies in our country. Unless, that is, he or his wife or children have any "pre-existing conditions," like one of them had a headache in the last five years or takes any kind of medication. And - if he's approved for coverage - what's a few thousand per month in premiums not to mention co-pays, meds and fees for what the insurance company arbitrarily does not cover?

Thank Jesus good Christian politicians like Andy Harris are protecting American's (the perfectly healthy, young ones that is) "rights" to such coverage.

Posted by: LCHF on November 16, 2010 at 4:03 PM | PERMALINK

Also - and I mean this sincerely - I think any politician against government health care should sign a sworn, binding document that relinquishes their right to Medicare. It shouldn't be a problem for them.

Posted by: LCHF on November 16, 2010 at 4:09 PM | PERMALINK

I sent Cong. Andy an email suggesting COBRA, or even "roughing it" for a month without insurance, so he might get an insight into how the rest of us live. Doubt he'll choose to follow that suggestion.

Also a brief description of my 22 mos. without COBRA, after 2 months paying for it, couldn't afford it anymore, temp jobs don't pay enough, and oh yeah, most employers don't start coverage on the first day of employment.

I hope he's getting an earful.

Posted by: tejanrusa on November 16, 2010 at 4:13 PM | PERMALINK

To add another anecdote: I'm a well-paid professional. I've changed companies five times in my career. Four of those times, my healthcare would not kick in until the first day of the month 30 days after my start date, which is why it is/was common practice to demand a start date 30 days out from the 1st of the month (to ensure the least number of days working but without health coverage).

The fifth time the division I worked for was sold to another company, and that health plan changeover went seamlessly.

This is the high-middle end of professional employment. In the middle and certainly at the low end, 90 to 365 days are quite common. If you work for hospitals you generally have better immediate coverage for much of the same reason that employee discounts take effect Day One: you bring employees on board psychologically by making them customers as well. The rest of us schlubs have to deal with gaps in coverage every time we change jobs, and yes, those gaps tend to be filled with very-expensive but at least there COBRA coverage.

Posted by: Tom Dibble on November 16, 2010 at 4:25 PM | PERMALINK

This wizard doesn't seem to understand, first, that he's been elected to office, but he does not assume office (i.e., begin his employment) until he's sworn in--the first week of January.

So, Mr. Smart-Ass Republican, until then, you're unemployed, like a lot of the rest of us....

Second, the hypocrisy is fast reaching calamitous proportions. If this knucklehead is able to ignore his own huge contribution to the problem, what else is he going to ignore once he parks his fat ass in the House? Takes some mighty big blinders to be a Republican these days, doesn't it?

Posted by: montag on November 16, 2010 at 4:32 PM | PERMALINK

this is an easy one -- members take office January 3, and the coverage kicks in the first day of the month after his service begins. That's a quite common rule for even the most benificent health care plan

Posted by: Ger on November 16, 2010 at 6:34 PM | PERMALINK

Every legislator who opposes government funded health care for me should be denied federally funded health care. Why don't the media ever call out these fecal fragments for their hypocricy?

Posted by: Kathleen on November 16, 2010 at 9:33 PM | PERMALINK

Luke 4:23

New International Version (©1984)

Jesus said to them, "Surely you will quote this proverb to me: 'Physician, heal yourself! Do here in your (new) hometown what we have heard that you did in (Teapartyland).'

Posted by: MJ on November 16, 2010 at 10:37 PM | PERMALINK

I read this elsewhere before I came here this evening.

This is so, so .... RICH.

Welcome to Amerika Doc.

Guess he never had to work in McDonalds in high school.

Can't we save this and put it away for two years and hit him over the farking HEAD with it?

Posted by: Mouse Brain on November 17, 2010 at 1:14 AM | PERMALINK

What an f'in embarrassment. I can imagine him shouting "Its my socialist health care, and I want it NOW"

Posted by: Tintalli on November 17, 2010 at 1:20 AM | PERMALINK

Am I surprised? No. Seems this election was an excellent example of the Stockholm Syndrome at work.

We should all send Mr. Harris an email telling him that as a member of the newly elected right wing, he should be proud to not have Government-subsidized health care.

Posted by: khal spencer on November 18, 2010 at 11:52 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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