Ad campaign targets Rep.-elect Andy Harris for health care comments
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.
| November 22, 2010; 12:52 PM ET
Categories: 2010 Elections, Ben Pershing, Health Care
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