PASADENA, Calif., September 24, 2016 — Four years ago, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stood on the floor of the Senate and told the country that Mitt Romney hadn’t paid any taxes in 10 years. It was a remarkably dishonest claim, made with the sole purpose of derailing Romney’s White House ambitions.
Asked post-election whether he regretted the claim, Reid responded, “Romney didn’t win, did he?”
That’s the kind of man Reid is. It is no surprise that the Nevada senator was at it again this week with remarks about the Affordable Care Act. In Reid’s opinion, Obamacare’s detractors simply aren’t informed enough to know what a success it is.
The Affordable Care Act was predicated on President Obama’s promise that if you liked your doctor, you could keep your doctor. Further, if you liked your plan, you could keep your plan. That promise was made repeatedly, but it was patently false.
In fact, almost 5 million Americans had their plans cancelled thanks to Obamacare.
In 2016, Obamacare enrollments fell far short of projections. How far? By roughly 8 million. Not exactly a smashing success.
For a variety of reasons, the state exchanges have been a disaster. About half of them have either collapsed or are on the verge of collapse. Hardly a success. But Reid says its not true, all lies propagated by his nemesis, the Republicans and the Koch Bros.
How are the taxpayers enjoying Obamacare? Not every much. The Obama Administration said that premiums would go down; they have in fact skyrocketed. The plan will cost Americans $2 trillion over the next ten years.
As if that weren’t enough, costs and the national debt are set to explode when President Obama leaves office in 2017.
Health companies don’t like Obamacare much either.
That was probably the plan all along. Bernie Sanders infamously bragged that he wanted to put private health insurance companies out of business, unconcerned that he would likely put thousands of Americans out of work while he was at it.
Obama is trying his best to make Sanders’ dream a reality. The nation’s largest health insurer pulled out of the exchanges because it was hemorrhaging money. Aetna, the nation’s third largest insurer, did the same.
Americans know all of this, yet Reid called them stupid for disagreeing with his claim about the law’s success. Obama staked his legacy on a policy disaster, and Americans know it. But Reid’s condescension is not surprising; it’s par for the course.
Harry Reid put politics over children with cancer three years ago during the government shutdown. His incredulous response to a question about whether to help one child with cancer by opening the government was, “Why would we want to do that?”
Reid felt comfortable attacking fellow Mormon Mitt Romney for his religion and making an insensitive and derogatory comment about President Obama’s race. Reid is a train wreck and should no way be viewed as the arbiter of right and wrong on anything, let alone Obamacare.
As outrageous as Reid’s past is and and insulting as his Obamacare quip was, there is a silver lining here. His comment perfectly encapsulates the attitude of the elites in Washington, from both parties. That’s the same attitude that has fueled the anti-establishment Trump message which has taken the country by storm.
Comments like Reid’s remind voters that these politicians aren’t representing their constituents and that their time is coming to an end.
Reid will retire from the Senate at the end of the year. The man who once claimed that taxes are voluntary will live a life of luxury, passing his time doing who-knows-what far away from Washington, where he has done considerable damage to America. His Obamacare comments will be just another grain of sand on “Most Partisan Senator In Modern Political History Beach”.