Pigs Wallow in Congress

GOP frosh: Where’s my health care? – Glenn Thrush – POLITICO.com

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….

“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.

Under COBRA law, Harris can pay a premium to extend his current health insurance an additional month.

Nix said Harris, who is the father of five, wasn’t being hypocritical – he was just pointing out the inefficiency of government-run health care.

Anti-‘Obamacare’ Congressman Doesn’t Understand How Health Insurance Works

Gosh, Dr. Harris, if you’re wondering what to do during that 28-day period where you don’t have health care, you might turn to one of the 50 million Americans who aren’t currently insured. I bet they’d have some tips for you!

Or, maybe, Dr. Harris, you could consider that most businesses require employees to wait something like 90 days to provide comprehensive coverage, and 28 days is a pretty sweet deal? Haha, of course you couldn’t, since, as you said, “this is the only employer I’ve ever worked for where you don’t get coverage the first day you are employed.” You might consider that you’re pretty lucky, if that’s the case, since these days, if an employer offers health insurance, offering it from the first day is pretty rare!

This particular hypocrite could easily have paid his COBRA, but then of course he would be paying the actual premium cost, which he doesn’t want to do, because he loves the current hypocritical cost-shifting system where his actual costs are paid by his employer and hidden from him. Even better, this “conservative” hypocrite could have avoided the system entirely and gone with a tax-deductible health savings account; but then he wouldn’t be taking advantage of the socialized medical benefits available to federal employees.

Everyone who defends the current system of “health care” is a hypocrite. Except for the ones who are actually being paid to shill for the health insurance industry.

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