A newly elected Maryland congressman startled other frosh at a congressional info session on Monday by growing indignant over the fact that his government-funded health care wouldn’t be active immediately, reports Politico. Republican Rep. Andy Harris, who triumphed over Democrat Frank Kratovil in his congressional race with promises to vanquish Obamacare, couldn’t believe that his policy would take a month to become active after his swearing in on Jan. 3. “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 present at the benefits information session attended by 250 freshman, staff, and family members. “Harris then asked if he could purchase insurance from the government to cover the gap,” said the staffer. Harris, a doctor turned legislator who works at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, 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.” During his congressional campaign, Harris vowed to “fight to repeal health-care reform.” His spokeswoman said his statements at the meeting were merely intended to highlight the ineptitude of government health coverage.
The hypocrisy is full volume. Having two or usually more faces in diametric opposition to each other is part and parcel of being Republican. Writing a blog where one makes regular note of such glaring hypocrisy by conservatives may have worn me down a little since I can’t work up much in the way of outrage over that angle to the story. Though I would welcome Harris to his coming out party. He has ventured outside the mental, emotional and political bubble in which Republicans thoughts swirl in a self affirming bacteria ridden cauldron. Note the sense of entitlement. The outrage on finding in the real world many employees have a waiting period before health care coverage kicks in. Once Harris’ kicks in he will pay subsidized premiums courtesy the American public. Harris would never have the courage of his convictions and reject such socialistic fringe benefits. While many conservatives ( pundits excluded) are capable of physical courage, they have been lacking in moral courage for decades. Harris is what has already become the archetypical teatard. Rather than Obamacare he proposes,
On his campaign website, Harris explains, “[a]s a physician, I know that our health insurance system is in need of repair. However, 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.”
Let us all kneel and praise those “market based solutions”. Those would be the ones conservatives could have proposed during the health care debate in which President Obama and Democrats tried to work out a bipartisan plan. This diamond studded market based solution would have really embarrassed Democrats, and Republicans would have won the debate and had their vision enacted into law. Only that market based solution was just another truck load of unicorn crap. The health care reform we got was the Mitt Romney-Heritage Foundation plan – that was – dare I say it – very much market based. There were carbon copies of conservatives just as bone headed, out of touch and elitist as Harris in Congress. They took a pass on contributing anything – though the final bill included many concessions to Republicans. Which means the final bill had socialistic ideas in it which originated in the Republican party. Harris and many of the teatards thinks health care reform( the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) does away with choosing your doctor or losing your existing coverage. So Harris and other tea baggers were elected on the platform they would go to Washington and repeal laws or parts of health care reform law that, in fact, do not exist. Good luck to Dr. Harris and the other teatards on tilting at the windmills of their mind. Ten Myths About Health Care Reform
Conservatives have so much in common with radicalized Muslims – like pushing our culture back to the 19th century. From Another Black Conservative commenting on Sen. Lisa Murkowki(R-AK) opinion that Sarah Palin lacks “intellectual curiosity”, Lesser women knocking Palin, take #965 – An alternative title for this post could easily have been Sour Grapesfest 2010!
I have noticed something about many of Sarah Palin’s female critics, let’s see if you noticed it too. Many of Palin’s female critics tend to be Sarah Palin’s lesser. These women tend to have lesser jobs, smaller families, lesser looks, you get the picture. Yet here they are knocking Sarah Palin like they masters of the universe.
Did he write that post just before recess while he was picking his nose and pulling on the pigtails of girl sitting in front of him. I’ve read more cogent sensitive analysis on the back of bus benches. Wait, maybe it’s a joke. Is there some kind of contest among conservative bloggers to see who can cram the most pedantic condescending crap into as few words as possible. Maybe AnotherBCon has been taking creepy Palin worship lessons from the National Review’s Rich Lowry, NR’s Rich Lowry: Palin “Sent Little Starbursts Through The Screen”
I’m sure I’m not the only male in America who, when Palin dropped her first wink, sat up a little straighter on the couch and said, “Hey, I think she just winked at me.” And her smile. By the end, when she clearly knew she was doing well, it was so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing. It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America. This is a quality that can’t be learned; it’s either something you have or you don’t, and man, she’s got it.
David Weigel on yet another bizarre conservative column in WaPo by pollster-pundits Doug Schoen and Pat Caddell. Doug and Pat thought it would be so koolicious to write about Obama doing the best by America by declaring himself a one term president – Listen to Me, Barack! – How to sell horrible counterintuitive column ideas and look smart doing it.
Ah, but no editor wants columns that make obvious points! This is the paradox of the opinion industry: If it sounds stupid, it leads. If it’s counterintuitive, it’s surely because the columnist has found a fresh angle on a mundane problem, and this angle will produce insights. Data is unexciting, especially if it’s the same data everyone else has. Discussions of fantasy scenarios that could prove your theories right? Exciting! So before anyone else tries, here are six ridiculous ideas for opinion columns on how Obama can rescue his presidency.
David is being generous. Schoen and Caddell’s concern trolling reminds me of a rat feeding on its own entrails. These weird fantasy diatribes, off the wall analogies ( Obama is just like Hitler) and stalkerish pleadings for Democrats to become appendages of right-wing kooks, for their own good of course, probably gives everyone else in the bunker the giggles, but not people who live in the real world. There was babble recently about Keith Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly ( another case of false equivalency) being the death of journalism. The Op-ed editor at WaPo is certainly doing their part to contribute to that end.