So he gets a glimpse of what millions of Americans face regularly. Md. congressman who opposed health reform balks at coverage delay | Insurance & Financial Advisor I IFAwebnews.com Andy Harris, a new Republican congressman representing Marylands First District, expressed frustration after learning that his congressional health insurance wont kick in until Feb. 1. Andy Harris Harris was one of about 250 people, including freshman U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representative members, their families and staff, attending an explanation of congressional benefits as part of the orientation for new Congress members. Attendees at the session were told their health insurance would not take effect until Feb. 1, a month after they assume their posts. The news appeared to upset Harris. 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, Politicos Glenn Thrush reported, citing a congressional staffer who saw the exchange. Harris then asked if he could purchase insurance from the government to cover the gap, according to the aide. The gap coverage Harris was seeking is similar to the public option he had decried as a step toward socialized medicine, according to Politicos report. Harris is part of the Houses soon-to-be Republican majority seeking to repeal the health reform law that is billed as providing Congress-like coverage to all Americans.