Rep. Andy Harris, co-chair of the Hungarian Caucus helped to defeat Trump’s health bill

It was President Trump’s first major political defeat. Last week GOP leaders yanked their bill to repeal “Obamacare” off the House floor when it became clear it would fail.

House Speaker Paul Ryan told President Trump that he was unable to convince fellow republicans and the bill would not pass. The Freedom Caucus, a group of influential conservative congressman played a pivotal role in defeating Trump’s proposal.

Rep. Andy Harris is a key republican and a member of the Freedom Caucus. He is a Navy veteran and also a medical doctor who understood the issues with the President’s repeal plan, which was dubbed by the conservatives as “Obamacare Light.” As a long-time opponent of Obamacare he felt that Trump’s bill did not go far enough and refused it.

Andy Harris

I might add, that Rep. Harris’s name had been floated as a possible director of the National Institutes of Health, and he also met several times face to face with the President.

Harris was elected first in 2010 in Maryland’s 1st district and last November he was solidly behind Trump as his party’s nominee for President. Later he criticized Trump’s lewd comments on the leaked Access Hollywood tape.

The Congressman was born in the US, his father came to the country after World War II. The family hails from Miskolc, Northern-Hungary; his mother has Ukrainian roots. The Catholic lawmaker does not speak Hungarian and became the co-chair of the Hungarian Congressional Caucus in 2013.

György Lázár

6 Comments

  1. ACA repeal fail is actually one of many defeats (Muslim ban, Flynn firing, sessions recusal, Comey confirming he’s a liar, etc). His big “wins” are stuff under the radar, like repealing regs that monitor dumping toxics waste into rivers and streams, gunning up the pipelines, and horrifying cabinet picks.

  2. “he felt that Trump’s bill did not go far enough…” (!)

  3. Arthur Nádas says:

    Dear Mr. Lázár,

    Could you please explain what made Mr. Harris worthy of of your notice in the Hungarian Free Press? His political stance seems quite foreign to this publication, so why give him exposure?

    Sincerely yours,

  4. Arthur Nádas says:

    Moderation by whom? (“Your comment is awaiting moderation.”)

  5. György Lázár says:

    Dear Mr. Nádas,

    As you know, the Hungarian Free Press is a non-partisan news source and since Hungarian-Americans know little about their Congressional Caucus, even less about Mr. Harris, it is important to cover him. Hungarian-Americans tend to vote for the Democratic party and I suspect that over two-third supported Hillary last November. I agree with you that Harris’s views are not supported by the majority of Hungarian-Americans… and probably not shared by most of our readers either.

  6. Mike Feldman says:

    As a constituent of Dr. Harris, are there any hospitals in Hungary that need an obstetric anesthesiologist? Can they offer Dr. Harris a sabbatical or a Chair or a position of some kind? We think he best serves his constituents as a doctor in his family’s heritage country, not as a public figure in the USA. Please.

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