Maryland physician Andy Harris (R) just soundly defeated Frank Kratovil, one of the most endangered Democrats on Capitol Hill going into the November election. And he did it in large part by railing against 'Obamacare' and pledging to repeal Health Care Reform. But when he showed on Capitol Hill today for an orientation for incoming members of Congress and their staffs, he had a different question: Where's my government health care?"What? You think I took this job for the salary?" he asked when confronted by reporters.
Harris created a stir at the orientation meeting by demanding to know why he had to wait a month after he was sworn in in January for his government-subsidized health care to kick in."Hey, I got a pre-existing condition," Harris said. "Insurance companies won't touch me."
After responding in a huff, he even asked if there was some way he could buy into the government care in advance, seemingly thinking there might be a government program similar to the so-called 'public option' championed by progressive Democrats in 2009."Well, the thing I didn't like about the public option was that it was, you know, 'public' if you get my drift."
During the campaign, Harris told voters, "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."Well, in representative Harris' defense he's not asking for an 'expansion' of government insurance," an aide told reporters. "I mean, no matter who got elected they were going to get government health care, right? Besides, what 'free market' about a public option? Public means everybody whether you deserve...I mean whether the insurance companies can afford you or not. No, that's not it. Let me get back to you."