It got oddly little press but proponents of health care reform are clearly not going to let it die…
A conservative Republican physician from Maryland who is among freshmen Republicans in the House of Representatives — and who was prominent among those who had fiercely railed against the evils of government involvement in health care — set off ripples of amusement inside Washington when, during his freshman orientation to Congress, could not believe he would be expected to go for a whole two months without government-subsidized health care before his public-paid-for bennies kicked in.
Dr. Andy Harris’ plaintive whining apparently tickled even some Republicans. According to CBS News:
“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,” a congressional staffer told Politico.
Of course, Dr. Harris has joined with other Congressional Republicans to plot a strategy for taking away health benefits from many of the United States’ middle and working class families who can no longer afford health insurance — and can even less afford trips to the doctor or hospital.
Congressional Democrats, belatedly seizing on a bit of competitive political theater (only a few weeks too late for the just-passed midterm elections) are urging Republican foes of health care reform to put their money where their mouths are and turn down the $10,000+ government health care subsidies a previous Congress — Republicans on board — voted themselves. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20023107-503544.html
At the forefront of the new effort is a website with the banner head: America Got Scammed. http://www.americansunitedforchange.org/page/s/AmericaGotScammedHealthCare