Democrats are seizing on Rep.-elect Andy Harris's (R-Md.) complaints over his congressional healthcare plan, using it to demand that GOP leaders square their support for healthcare repeal with their acceptance of their own taxpayer-subsidized congressional plans.
In a private briefing of incoming freshman members, Harris complained that his healthcare benefits didn't kick in immediately, Politico reported earlier in the week.
Democrats have tried to paint the complaint as an example of GOP hypocrisy — Harris is a staunch advocate of repealing the healthcare law.
Several House Democrats, led by Reps. Joseph Crowley (N.Y.), Donna Edwards (Md.) and Tim Ryan (Ohio) are circulating a letter addressed to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Speaker-designate John Boehner (R-Ohio) that demands the GOP "find out which of their members will forgo the employer-subsidized Federal Employees Health Benefits coverage before trying to make it harder for others to obtain affordable coverage."
Another part of the letter reads, "It is amazing that your members would complain about not having health care coverage for a few weeks, even after campaigning to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which will help provide coverage to millions of Americans who find themselves without health insurance for months or even years."
Harris, who defeated Rep. Frank Kratovil (D-Md.) earlier this month, is one of many incoming Tea Party-backed Republicans who are pushing for an immediate vote in the House to repeal the healthcare law — a top priority of Tea Party activists.