Andy Harris to deliver Republican address on Obamacare

Days after voting again to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, congressional Republicans have tapped Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland to deliver their weekly address.

“As a physician for nearly thirty years who helped mothers and their new babies get through childbirth, I have seen what is good and what is bad about America’s health care system, and ObamaCare makes our system worse,” said the Baltimore County Republican, an obstetric anesthesiologist.  “Instead of lowering costs like Washington Democrats promised, ObamaCare is leading insurance companies all over the country to raise their rates by double and triple digits.”

House Republicans voted this week for the third time to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act. They have held 37 votes since they took the majority in 2011 to repeal the law in full or in part.

Their legislation has no chance of getting through the Democratic Senate or being signed by Obama. Rep. Steny Hoyer, the House minority whip, called the vote Thursday “a waste of our time.”

“Apparently the Republicans are opposed to Obamacare,” the Southern Maryland Democrat said before the vote. “I know that comes as a shock to America, so we need to tell them one more time, or 37 times, or maybe a 38th or 39th or 40th or 100th time. …

"There was an election in which this was one of the principal issues. And the proponent of health care for all Americans was elected by most Americans.”

It’s the first time Harris, a second-term congressman, has been selected to deliver the Republican address. He taped it this week in his Capitol Hill office, next to the “Red Tape Tower,” a stack of papers taller than him labeled “Obamacare Regulations.”

“A physician and strong voice in Congress for patients and families, Andy Harris has shown outstanding leadership on health care issues,” Speaker John Boehner said in a statement. “I look forward to hearing what he has to say in our weekly address.”