Am I missing something here? Everybody on the progressive side of the Internet gymnasium is all aghast today because an incoming Republican congressperson from Maryland — who apparently ran in opposition to health care reform — asked, in an orientation session yesterday, why it takes so long for the his new job's health care benefits to kick in.
Can somebody please explain to me why this is hypocritical, because I love finding things hypocritical, but I'm just not seeing it here. Please, let me in on the fun!
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.
Republicans weren't running against employer-provided benefits, at least not to my knowledge. Were they running against asking questions during orientation sessions? If either of those things are the case, then I will be very very angry at this guy's hypocrisy. Otherwise, I don't know.
Sure, Harris was asking about government-provided health care, but he's a government employee now. So? People who work at the post office also get government-provided health care. If the government is your employer, it stands to reason that the government would be the entity providing employer-related health benefits.
I have a feeling that liberal bloggers and the media might be jumping the starting gun on this one. I'm sure there's be plenty of opportunities to point fingers and yell "J'accuse!" during this upcoming congress, but let's pace ourselves. We don't want to end up like the kid at the end of that story "The Boy Who Cried J'accuse!" It's been a while since I read it, but I think I recall him falling into a catatonic state of existentialist ennui. And my health care doesn't cover that.
Tags: Health Care, House of Representatives, Maryland, Republicans