Health Care Benefit Vs Handout

A news story was forwarded to me by a slightly left of center friend of mind that sparked a discussion which I think highlights the difference between how the left and right see things.

Unfortunately the main article he shared with me is no longer an active page but I found a slightly similar write up of the same story HERE.

Allow me to sum the story up briefly before quoting directly from the article, in the story newly elected Republican Congressman Andy Harris from Maryland asked in an orientation meeting why he is left for 28 days after being sworn in without any health coverage and asked if he could buy into it for the extra month so he and his family wouldn't be left uncovered.

Fair question to ask, right?  Here's the media spin:

A conservative Maryland physician elected to Congress on an anti-Obamacare platform surprised fellow freshmen at a Monday orientation session by demanding to know why his government-subsidized health care plan takes a month to kick in.

Before going on, I need to pause here.  Notice the verbiage used, they don't state that he "asked" or "inquired", no he demanded.  Below in the next paragraph they do this again claiming he "reacted incredulously".

Republican Andy Harris, an anesthesiologist who defeated freshman Democrat Frank Kratovil on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, reacted incredulously when informed that federal law mandated that his government-subsidized health care policy would take effect on Feb. 1 – 28 days after his Jan. 3rd swearing-in.

“Harris then asked if he could purchase insurance from the government to cover the gap,” added the aide, who was struck by the similarity to Harris’s request and the public option he denounced as a gateway to socialized medicine.

"Added the aide".  Interesting, so this story isn't a reporter giving his or her own first hand account but relaying information provided by a congressional aide to another congress man or woman.  For all we know it could be an aide to Nancy Pelosi with an axe to grind against all Republicans.  That would certainly make someone question the way its accounted wouldn't it?  Of course the article never states who the aide was or even which party the aide was from.
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,” said a congressional staffer who saw the exchange.
That's the key statement right there.  He starts a job and yet has 28 days without any health coverage for himself, wife and five children.
The exchange this sparked between my friend and myself is that he failed to see the difference between someone getting health coverage as part of a job and being given "free" health care by the government.  He continued to raise the point that this is "government health care" because the job is a government job.
There is a world of difference between providing someone doing a job something back in return such as health coverage, and providing someone something for nothing which is what ObamaCare does.  The fact Democrats and Liberals fail to grasp this as evident by my friends questions and the ton of the articles written about the above incident explain much in why they see no moral arguments in taking from those who work and handing it out to those who don't.