Andy Harris ... newly elected conservative Republican member of the U.S. Congress from Maryland's Eastern Shore ... pitched a fit yesterday, wanting his goddamn government-run healthcare ... quicker.
When told at a Capitol Hill orientation session for newly elected members of Congress that his government health insurance would not kick in for 28 days after his swearing in, Mr. Harris made himself a little public spectacle, demanding, "How am I supposed to cope with a gap of 28 days without health insurance?"
He's a medical doctor, mind you, an anesthesiologist, who also happened to win his seat by campaigning against "Obamacare."
When told on Monday that he would have to wait for his government healthcare to kick in, Harris asked if there wasn't some way he could buy into the government care in advance, which was pretty much what the so-called "public option" would have allowed. Harris called the "public option" socialism in 2009, but now that he's a public servant, socialism seems not only okay but essential.
The new Tea Party movement: all for me, none for you.