Taste of His Own Medicine

Go to Politico for the whole story, here’s a sample…

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.
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.

It saddens me that a physician would not have any interest in helping Americans who lack health insurance, but Dr.Harris is not the first or the only. Bill Frist is a surgeon. You’ll note that a surgeon and an anesthesiologist would not have to deal very much with patients who are conscious. An opthamologist, such as Dr.Rand Paul, would normally have Medicare patients as a base. So Dr.Harris discovering for the first time that the prospect of being uninsured is scary– well, that’s how the other half lives. But this is what really caught my attention…

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.

Welcome to my world, Dr.Harris. All of you who ever started a new job and waited three months and were glad to get insurance at all– raise your hands.

Talking Points Memo cites a large national study that backs up what we see everyday…

Most workers in this country have to wait weeks between their first day on the job and the day their health insurance kicks in. Sometimes more.
According to the 2010 Kaiser Family Foundation annual survey of employer-provided health benefits, most workers would be lucky to start a new job in Harris’ shoes.
“Seventy-four percent of covered workers face a waiting period before coverage is available. Covered workers in the Northeast are less likely (64%) than workers in other regions to face a waiting period.” the report reads. “The average waiting period among covered workers who face a waiting period is 2.2 months…. Thirty-one percent of covered workers face a waiting period of 3 months or more.”

Dr. Harris would have known this if he had ever grabbed a cup of cofffee in the break room and listened to the nurses, aides and housekeepers talk. Some of the Americans who are postponing care and hoping to get through those three months without a crisis are the same ones who provide care to others. I’ve seen it, and still see it.

Dr. Harris’ spokeswoman said that he was just pointing out the flaws in government health care. Right. It’s not fast enough and there are gaps in care that leave people uninsured. I hope he’ll work to reform that. I will.

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5 thoughts on “Taste of His Own Medicine

  1. This is a good example of how the political balance has swung so far out of balance toward personal advancement rather than concern for the common good and community values. This Congressman clearly only cares about himself and his class, but that reflects the views of much of the American people whose attitude has been poisoned (irreparably?) by the relentless anti-government, anti-social justice views of not only the health insurance/big pharma and talk radio/cable TV crowd, but increasingly the mainstrem media too. This is exemplified by angry voters saying keep the government hands off my medicare! Though the rest of the industrial world (even Tunisia where I recently visited) manages to insure everyone at lower cost and often with better life expctancy, the selfish twits here, dupes of the fat cats, will keep blocking more sensible policies.

  2. You are so far off it isn’t funny.
    I never beef about Medicare,Medicaid(other than angry that they don’t go after blatant fraud more aggressively),Social Security,or even the provosopns of the new law that hold the insurance companies’ feet to the fire.
    My problem,which makes me a “right winger” is with social engineering which imposes “politically correct” thinking on students instead of conveying accurate information;insane “environmental “policies designed to bankrupt people who turn on a light or heat their homes;intrusive and restrictive firearms laws imposed by scum like Sheldon Whitehouse on the average citizen while they have armed security;kissing up to illegal aliens(newsflash:they’re violating Federal law);and “managed” news coverage by the MSM.
    And you wonder why talk radio and “right wing” blogs thrive?
    I also don’t like legislation the size of “War and Peace”voted on by legislators who haven’t read it and don’t even understand it.That is totally unprofessional-imagine that behavior in another field.

  3. Observer, what are you talking about?

    You are a wrong-winger because you consistently, and vehemently, espouse the wrong wing point of view.

    I am a left-winger because facts and history are on the left wing’s side.

    We tried it the way the Republicans want to do it. We tried it more than once. It didn’t work the first time. It didn’t work the second time.

    Both times, the rich got richer–and more powerful, and so even more able to bend policy to suit their needs–the poor got screwed, and the middle class either didn’t exist or got pushed back down into the proletariat.

    There is something seriously wrong when getting sick can be a one-way ticket into debtor hell, with no way out.

    And when the results of our national health care put us on par with countries like Bolivia.

    Dr Harris simply got a taste of how most of this country lives. And he didn’t like it.

    Guess he made the wrong choices, huh?

    • You’re a liar.You made comments about “shootings by right wingers’ and i asked you to provide specifics-all of a sudden you were very quiet.
      You’re one of those armchair experts who likes to think he’s an elitist,but is really just another regular person trying not to get into quicksand.At least I know I have exactly nothing in common with the elitists.
      In a thousand years no one will be able to tell any of us apart.Ha,ha.We’ll all be mulch or radioactive waste,whatever.
      A millisecond after we’re gone,none of it matters anyway.
      Hey,know it all,how sick have you been in your life?
      I know all about being sick-actually,I shouldn’t even be here now.So spare me the BS about how
      hellish it can be.
      The left has done REAL well in Europe,Russia,Cuba,and North Korea hasn’t it?
      That Eurotrash lifestyle is crashing because of people who think like you do.Oh yeah,they know how to DINE,don’t they?Whoopee.

      • BTW-apparently you didn’t read my post very carefully.I stated very clearly why I have the attitude I do.It has nothing to do with health care,but you got it in your little mind that it does-next thing you’ll be screeching that I belong to the religious right.I got as much use for them as I do for people like you.
        Obama’s been looking like a guy who found a turd in the punchbowl after he drank a few glasses recently.Oh,well.
        Actually if the GOP nominates Gingrich or Palin I won’t be voting in 2012(if I’m even here)for pres-just against Whitehouse.
        You ought to get out of the house once in awhile.

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