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Oh Harry Reid, Harry Reid, For Shame! by The Elephant's Child

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Poor Harry Reid is caught between a rock and a hard place, and he’s not up to defending his position. It’s difficult, he’s majority leader of the Senate, and he has to defend the disastrous ObamaCare policy. Really frightening stories are emerging, about cancer patients who are suddenly denied the doctors and the care that was giving them the hope that they might live, and all Harry can think of is to call them all liars. Callous and insensitive doesn’t begin to describe it.

Now he has dissed a fellow senator, a medical doctor who is himself battling cancer, because he pointed out ObamaCare’s disastrous impact on cancer treatment. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) noted that the majority of cancer centers in this country aren’t covered under ObamaCare.

“Dr. Coburn is very good at getting into the weeds and trying to find something that he thinks makes sense. But I think we need to look at the overall context of this bill.”

When cancer patient Julie Boonstra appeared in a TV ad telling how Obamacare had jeopardized her treatment with rising and unpredictable premiums and co-pays. Reid took to the Senate Floor: “There’s plenty of horror stories being told. All of them are untrue.”

He also coldly dismissed Edie Sundby, a stage four cancer patient, who was told that the plan that had paid out $1.2 million and helped her to survive, was substandard, and would be cancelled because it didn’t fit the one-size-fits-all ObamaCare standard.

Coburn said that under ObamaCare, out of “Nineteen of the cancer centers in this country, only five are covered under ObamaCare.” Coburn said the cut-rate payments of the Affordable Care Act provides for those treatments. “You know, it’s a market,” Coburn said,”and what they’ve done is they’ve priced it where these cancer centers, a lot of them aren’t going to participate because they don’t get paid [enough] to cover the costs.”

During the government shutdown, House Republicans wanted to pass a stand-alone bill to fund the National Institute of Health so children with cancer could continue to participate in clinical trials. Reid called that move “reckless and irresponsible” by those obsessed with this ObamaCare.” A reporter asked “If you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?”

Reid said “Why would we want to do that? I have 1,100 people at Nellis Air Force base that are sitting home. [because of the shutdown] They have a few problems of their own.”

I understand that for Senate Democrats, ObamaCare is about power, and more control of the American people. But for the rest of us it is about the American people getting the care that they have been promised, that the rest of us are paying for.



Harry Reid Calls Harry Reid a Liar. Or Something Like That. by The Elephant's Child

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It must be really hard for politicians to grasp that they must change their ways, for the world has changed around them. The words that they say so confidently on Monday, cannot be erased on Friday, for they are preserved for all time on YouTube, and will be called up whenever it is useful to call them up.  Case in point:

Oops! Well there you go. Caught in the act for all posterity.

We heard about the evils of Obamacare, about the lives it’s ruining in Republicans’ stump speeches and in ads paid for by oil magnates, the Koch brothers. But in those tales, turned out to be just that: tales, stories made up from whole cloth, lies distorted by the Republicans to grab headlines or make political advertisements.”

“There’s plenty of horror stories being told. All of them are untrue, but they’re being told all over America.”

- See more at: http://cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/barbara-boland/reid-denies-making-videotaped-claim-obamacare-horror-stories-are-lies#sthash.7mu0KEMB.Y7yvZ0II.dpuf

 

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday that, “I have never come to the floor, to my recollection, I’ve never said a word about examples that Republicans have given regarding ObamaCare and how it’s not very good.”

“Mr. President, the junior senator from Wyoming has come to the floor several times recently talking about the fact that examples that he and others Republicans have given dealing with ObamaCare, examples that are bad, I’ve called lies. Mr. President, that is simply untrue,” Reid said.

- See more at: http://cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/barbara-boland/reid-denies-making-videotaped-claim-obamacare-horror-stories-are-lies#sthash.7mu0KEMB.Y7yvZ0II.dpuf

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday that, “I have never come to the floor, to my recollection, I’ve never said a word about examples that Republicans have given regarding ObamaCare and how it’s not very good.”

“Mr. President, the junior senator from Wyoming has come to the floor several times recently talking about the fact that examples that he and others Republicans have given dealing with ObamaCare, examples that are bad, I’ve called lies. Mr. President, that is simply untrue,” Reid said.

– See more at: http://cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/barbara-boland/reid-denies-making-videotaped-claim-obamacare-horror-stories-are-lies#sthash.7mu0KEMB.Y7yvZ0II.dpuf

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday that, “I have never come to the floor, to my recollection, I’ve never said a word about examples that Republicans have given regarding ObamaCare and how it’s not very good.”

“Mr. President, the junior senator from Wyoming has come to the floor several times recently talking about the fact that examples that he and others Republicans have given dealing with ObamaCare, examples that are bad, I’ve called lies. Mr. President, that is simply untrue,” Reid said.

– See more at: http://cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/barbara-boland/reid-denies-making-videotaped-claim-obamacare-horror-stories-are-lies#sthash.7mu0KEMB.Y7yvZ0II.dpuf

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday that, “I have never come to the floor, to my recollection, I’ve never said a word about examples that Republicans have given regarding ObamaCare and how it’s not very good.”

“Mr. President, the junior senator from Wyoming has come to the floor several times recently talking about the fact that examples that he and others Republicans have given dealing with ObamaCare, examples that are bad, I’ve called lies. Mr. President, that is simply untrue,” Reid said.

– See more at: http://cnsnews.com/mrctv-blog/barbara-boland/reid-denies-making-videotaped-claim-obamacare-horror-stories-are-lies#sthash.7mu0KEMB.Y7yvZ0II.dpuf



Fifty States of ObamaCare Failure by The Elephant's Child

Harry Reid’s pathetic attempt to claim that everyone is lying about the failure of ObamaCare brands him irrevocably as a fool, a liar, and a failure as a Majority Leader.

These few people represent multitudes. It is poor quality health insurance. You can’t travel. It’s too expensive now and the cost is going up dramatically next year.

ObamaCare is on life-support; the patient is comatose and brain dead. The family just won’t admit it.



Republicans Tell The Health Care Stories of Real People by The Elephant's Child

The Majority Leader of the United States Senate, Harry Reid, is one of the most corrupt politicians in the country.  He has used earmarks and influence to enrich himself and his family. He seems to have reached the point where he will announce anything he can think of to attack Republicans. Remember his nutty claim during the 2012 presidential claim that Mitt Romney didn’t pay any taxes.

Now he’s back with an hysterical rant against those who criticize the Democrat’s signature legislation:

Across the country Americans who were once denied insurance because they suffered for something like cancer or as simple as acne have been able to buy affordable health insurance they could afford and could trust. Despite all that good news, there’s plenty of horror stories being told. All are untrue, but they’re being told all over America.

Every “horror story” about ObamaCare is a lie? Five million people have lost their existing coverage and they are all liars?

The leukemia patient whose insurance policy was canceled could die without her medication. Mr. President, that’s an ad being paid for by two billionaire brothers. It’s absolutely false.

Harry Reid is obsessed with the Koch brothers. Billionaires are supposed to be Democrats, belong to George Soros’ Democracy Alliance and give money to Democrat campaigns, not to curing cancer.

The problem is that Republicans have the gall to use a favorite tactic of the Democrats against them. The Republicans are using “anecdotes” or stories of people who have been hurt by ObamaCare to explain the failures of ObamaCare.

Edie Littlefield Sundby, the stage-four cancer patient who lost her team of physicians, parents who can’t take their sick kids to the hospitals at which they were formerly treated. It is clear that ObamaCare is poorly devised, that Obama’s promises of keeping your insurance and keeping your doctors, and paying $2,500 less were all pure hooey, and that the vast number of Americans who receive their health care through their employers are being gulled until “after the election.”

As they usually do, Democrats were interested in getting people signed up, dependent on government for their health care, and in income redistribution. There is clearly little interest in the law about the actual health of the American people. Read the whole thing, for the response of Americans.

The “anecdotes” that Democrats used at the time to try to drum up enthusiasm for their plan — that our health care cost too much (costs had been declining for several years); the uninsured could not get insurance (the uninsured didn’t want insurance, and apparently still don’t); all the folks with pre-existing conditions (That seems to be the only anecdote to which they are still clinging) were not exactly true.

All the warnings about cost and incentives and unexpected consequences went unheeded. The Democrat politicians who drummed this stuff up have never done anything but politics, but locked in the back rooms of Congress they were sure that they could order one-sixth of the American economy, and it would all be ever so wonderful. Well, hubris.  They’ve made a mess of it, but they will not give up. It has passed unworkable, descended into uncaring, and more horrors will be revealed as we get past Obama’s illegal executive revisions. They will attempt to revise it into a single-payer plan, which is what they really wanted all the time.



Harry Reid Has Put the Senate on Notice: You Are Not Allowed to Disagree! by The Elephant's Child

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Well, just yesterday I was writing about the making of the Constitution and how the Founders struggled with the separation of powers and the three houses of government. They were fully aware of the strengths and weaknesses of human nature, and of the temptations of power; so they devised a system that they hoped would slow things down, and force the representatives to argue and debate and negotiate.

Yet this very ideal is held up to ridicule by the Democrats. The President has gone to great lengths to blame and attack Republicans — essentially for disagreeing with him — as if disagreeing with him was somehow out-of-bounds.

And just today the despicable Harry Reid went on record to claim that he would not tolerate anyone who wants to negotiate or argue and invoked the “nuclear option”, which denies Republicans the option of filibustering President Obama’s nominees to the DC Court.

Oddly enough, partisanship plays little part in District or Appellate court decisions. The problem is that Mr. Obama wants to pack the court, increasing the number of judges although there is not enough work to fill the schedules of current judges. We really don’t need more. The “nuclear option” does not apply to Supreme Court nominees.

I hasten to add that Republicans have also threatened to invoke the nuclear option when they were in power, but to force Democrats to negotiate, not to keep them from speaking. They do not like to negotiate because they seldom have the facts on their side.

The Democratic party had a nervous breakdown when Kennedy was assassinated. They have never been able to accept that he was assassinated by a Communist. And they have essentially been completely nuts ever since.

Now that Mr. Obama’s poll numbers are tobogganing downward as we approach winter, they are relying on accusations of racism to explain the country’s outraged reaction to the discovery that the Affordable Care Act is not affordable, offers no care, and they were lied to consistently from the very beginning .



Harry Reid: No Grand Bargain, No Negotiation, Just Raise Taxes On The Rich. by The Elephant's Child

Harry Reid, the disagreeable Majority Leader of the Senate, wasted no time in informing the public that there will be no cooperation nor attempt to get along in the formal House-Senate budget conference. Well, we should not be surprised, he refused to produce a budget, in defiance of the law, for four long years. And the government has been operating on “continuing resolutions” ever since.  He called the suggestion of a “grand bargain” including an overhaul of entitlement programs “happy talk.”

Well, it’s good to know before the conference even starts that there will be no attempt to negotiate or cooperate from the Democrats. The conference will start October 30. Reid added:

On sequestration, we’ve done one year of sequestration. It has been brutal. The only people who feel there shouldn’t be more coming in to the federal government from the rich people are the Republicans in the Congress. Everybody else, including the rich people, are willing to pay more. They want to pay more.

The Nevada Public Radio host asked what Republicans would have to concede to get Medicare and Social Security cuts on the table.

You keep talking about Medicare and Social Security. Get something else in your brain. Stop talking about that. That is not going to happen this time. There is not going to be a grand bargain. What we need to do is have Murray and her counterpart in the House, Ryan, work together to come up with something to get out of this senseless sequestration and start the budgeting process so that we can do normal appropriation bills.

They have their mind set on doing nothing, nothing more on revenue, and until they get off that kick, there’s not going to be a grand bargain on — there’s not going to be a small bargain,” Reid said. “We’re just going to have to do something to work our way through sequestration.

Apparently the disagreeable Mr. Reid has never heard that it is not advisable to raise taxes in the middle of a recession. You actually want to cut taxes, especially taxes on business— those rich people who file their business taxes as individuals, and who would like to expand their businesses if only there was some certainty out of the government.  And he seems to be unaware that Medicare and Social Security deeply need to be reformed since they are well in the way to going broke, so no one will have any benefits.

The Founders wanted our representatives to argue and fight over principle and ideas, and through the struggle come to an agreement of how to move forward, that doesn’t necessarily satisfy both sides., but that they can live with. It’s called negotiation. Democrats want more money to spend to buy votes and win elections. It would be more helpful if they were interested in doing the right thing for the economy.



Private Sector Employment is Just Fine, Says Harry Reid. by The Elephant's Child

President Obama is winding up his presidential tour on his campaign bus — oops, I have that backward.  He’s out on his taxpayer-financed campaign tour on his new taxpayer-financed  presidential bus. He claims it is not a campaign tour because he is the president and he’s talking to the people about his jobs program. Uh huh.

The Senate could not pass Obama’s American Jobs Act, because Majority Leader Harry Reid could  not get enough Democrat votes to pass it. So the new idea is to divvy it up in little pieces and pass the pieces one by one. The first bit is a $35 billion bailout for state and local governments who have decided that they have more teachers and other public-service sector workers than they need. Well, can’t have state or local governments laying off members of the teachers’ union, or the firemen’s union or the police union.

Debating the bailout, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) argued that :

It’s very clear that private sector jobs have been doing just fine.  It’s the public sector jobs where we’ve lost huge numbers, and that’s what this legislation is all about.

The states are afflicted with requirements to balance their budgets, something that doesn’t trouble the federal government.  Only 4.7 percent of government employees cannot find jobs — half the national unemployment rate.  Government employees have the lowest jobless rate of any industry.

And where do you find the highest income of any metropolitan region in the country? Not silicon Valley, and not the metropolitan areas where the occupy people are hanging out, shrieking about corporate greed, but in the hallowed halls of the federal government.  The median household in Washington D.C. is $84,500 a year, compared to a national average of $50,000.

If President Obama could forego his constant effort to pay back the unions for their support,  long enough to recognize that there are a lot of Americans out of work because of the policies he promotes, the real unemployment rate might come down out of the double digits.

Nevermind. Obama says “The Economy is not where it wants to be. We’ve made all the right decisions.” President Obama does not change his mind. Wealth is to be redistributed, not to the poor — but to government workers.




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