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Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 11/22/2010

Ad campaign targets Rep.-elect Andy Harris for health care comments

By Ben Pershing
Health Care

A liberal group has launched a radio ad campaign against U.S. Rep.-elect Andrew Harris, accusing the Maryland Republican of being a hypocrite on the subject of health care.

Harris, who defeated Rep. Frank Kratovil (D) earlier this month, drew unwelcome attention last week when Politico reported that he complained at an orientation session for new lawmakers upon finding out that his government-provided health care coverage would not take effect until February, a month after he takes office.

Critics quickly pounced on Harris, an anesthesiologist and vocal opponent of President Obama's health-care reform bill, mocking him for being unable to go a month without health insurance when millions of Americans don't have coverage. Harris' office said the Republican was merely pointing out that many employers cover their employees from day one, and that government-provided health care obviously had some flaws.

Now Americans United for Change, a liberal advocacy group, is getting in on the act. The group has launched a radio ad on stations in the Baltimore and Salisbury markets saying that Harris, after "vowing to repeal" the health-reform bill, "complained that he wasn't getting HIS new government-provided health care fast enough."

The narrator continues, "Call Congressman Harris and tell him to stop whining about his healthcare - and start fighting for ours."

AUFC is running ads with similar messages on Facebook.

Harris had not responded to a request for comment as of this posting.

By Ben Pershing  | November 22, 2010; 12:52 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Elections, Ben Pershing, Health Care  
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Comments

Has anyone ever seen an honest, right-wing Republican sack of garbage?

Posted by: analyst72 | November 22, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Typical.

Posted by: jckdoors | November 22, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

This is the problem I have with Republicans. Their unspoken mantra is "We want big government for us only. Everyone else is just lazy and need to work harder to pay for their own."

Now, for the newly elected Congressmen who think suing against ObamaCare should do an integrity check and decline their own government health insurance. I am not holding my breathe though; after all, the Republicans love big government for themselves and no one else.

Posted by: SteelWheel25 | November 22, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Andy Harris...TSK, TSK, TSk. I can hear him screaming, "It's my government run healthcare AND I WANT IT NOW!!! ROFLMAO!

Posted by: THEBRAVE1 | November 22, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Does the word: hypocrite sound right. So, all of you who voted for the dork, please remember this in two years when he is up for reelection and you still don't have any health care. A**hole

Posted by: kinsman_bob | November 22, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

And this new Joker is just another symptom of the disease we have called Washington.

Posted by: PennyWisetheClown | November 22, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

I see no hypocrisy here. A man with a job wants the healthcare benefits that go with the job. Nothing wrong with that.

What the healthcare bill does is force you and I to provide healthcare for folks who do not have jobs.

Noble, but not affordable.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | November 22, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

If anything, he just sounds impatient. What's the big deal, if those benefits automatically come with the job.

Posted by: ohioan | November 22, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Government Health Care is and has always been provided to active duty military.

Also, NIH does "PUBLIC HEALTH" projects all the time.

Republicant's need to get a clue before they spew.

Posted by: RealityCheck29 | November 23, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

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