It was noted, often with irony, that a large number of the people that would show up for Tea Party rallies denouncing government health care reform as a form of socialism were older, and often on Medicare or Medicaid. The “health care for me, but no one else deserves it” theme pushed all through the election, inspiring many who showed up at the polls and voted in the new, ultra-conservative House members that will soon be seated.
But now the very Tea Party candidates who ran against government health care are starting to complain. But this time, they are asking why their own government health care plans aren’t kicking in fast enough.
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.
I have a great idea to cut government expenses. How about this — if you ran on a platform to repeal health care reform, you have to bring in and pay for your own insurance! It would save the government money and you won’t be compromising your “principles.”
It may not make much of a difference in the deficit, but at least these new congressional folk could put their money where their mouths are.