Friday, December 6, 2013

Can you find all the dissembling in Harry's comments

Today's most popular story: Nevada's Harry Reid says 'CNN is wrong' on health care report

Harry Reid
Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., wades through reporters in October on Capitol Hill. / AP file
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nv, denied a CNN report saying that he was the only top congressional leader to exempt “some of his staff from having to buy insurance through the law's new exchanges.”
GOP House Speaker John Boehner, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell have all directed their staffs to join the exchange, CNN has reported, citing their aides.
“What does top congressional leaders mean?” Reid asked, during an interview in his Reno office this afternoon. “Like me and McConnell?
"No, that is simply not true," Reid said. "Some of the people on my leadership team have done the same thing, following my lead. CNN is wrong.”
Reid mentioned "my leadership team." CNN’s report focused on the No. 1 Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate.
Reid said he did not read the report but noted that the Las Vegas Review-Journal has published a story about it.
“I did not see the report,” Reid said. “But they had it front page of the R-J and a lot of other people did the same thing.
“All I did was follow the law," Reid said. “The law says that if you have committee staff, leadership staff, they stay where they are. If you have other staff, which is most everyone, they go to the exchanges.
“I followed the Affordable Care Act,” Reid said. “It is the law.”
Some Republicans have been critical of Reid because of the story.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, told Steve Tetreault of the Stephens News Bureau (Review-Journal) that Reid’s move “is the clearest example yet of Obamacare’s failures and Washington hypocrisy. His staff worked to pass it and continue to promote it, now they don’t want to be part of it because it’s a disaster.”
Reid mentioned Cruz during the interview in Reno.
"I was really troubled when Ted Cruz complained. That really hurt me to the core,” Reid said. “The only people complaining are those who don’t like the Obamacare. I followed the law.
"And I will also note that there are 150,000 million different families that get their health care through their employees," Reid said. "So should all federal employees, although under Obamacare, my insurance costs me about $4,500 more that it did before. Yes, because it is age-related and it wasn’t like that before.”
Friday, Reid will participate in a Combat Action Medal pinning ceremony for 8 Nevada Air National Guard members who were deployed to Afghanistan in 2002.

The comments to the article are shown below. It seems more people are beginning to bristle at the dishonest elitist rulers.

  • Rafael Sanguily III · Chief Executive Officer at Tensai Enterprises LLC
    Harry Reid is a national disgrace and an embarrassment. He and his other "top congressional leaders" have done more damage to this country than any "terrorist" ever has...
    • John Dooley ·  Top Commenter · Oklahoma State University
      I live in NV and could not agree with you more. I saw an older man wearing a t shirt that had written on it "The only thing I do not like about Nevada is Harry Reid". I too agree with that statement.
    • Monica Mazzuca ·  Top Commenter · Farmington, Connecticut
      John Dooley He stole the election out there didnt he? Thats all they do or can do to win.
    • Mike Giles ·  Top Commenter · American River Community College
      This one-time dedicated CA democrat has awakened some time back, and sees Reid as a lieutenant in my former party's criminal organization, a lieutenant answering to his Obama-tronic Dear Leaders higher up in Chicago's highly evolved plundering ACORN-like operations, plunderers who've learned so much from Al Capone.
  • Jon C Hamel ·  Top Commenter
    So, Reid claims he is simply following the law. Can he also claim he had no part in what was passed into law, that exempted himself . . . while trapping so many others?
    • Harry King ·  Top Commenter · Central Michigan University
      Also did we not remove the constitutional amendment number 18. So I think this Act should be easy to kick to the curb with Social Security Act and the Federal Reserve Act. I am sick of the BAR Law society changing the way our courts were supposed to operate. Reid is a shill just like the rest doing his part to bring our nation from its knees into its grave.
    • Mariano Paniello ·  Top Commenter
      Don't ya love it, they write the law, tell us to pass it to find out what's in it, and then hide behind these caveats that they knew were there all along. Kind of like "keep your.....period!
  • Eric Courtemanche ·  Top Commenter · Plaistow, New Hampshire
    But Obama said he would save $2,500.
    • Doug Biser · Southern Methodist University
      "HE LIED!"
    • Arnet Ramming ·  Top Commenter · Western Michigan University
      Doug Biser But it got him re-elected, and that's all that matters to him.
    • David Degelos ·  Top Commenter · ITT St. Rose
      The biggest lie of all on the healthcare. I had a plan with Coventry that I had to pay the first $3000 before they paid anything and it was still costing $200 a month. A lot of these plans being offered are similar. Even if you never had insurance before most people who aren't sick never pay $3000 a year on healthcare and still pay $2400 dollars per year. Insurance is a good thing but it's never been fair for any average income person unless you never get sick.
  • Jim Ballantyne · Senior Instrument Engineer at Tesoro
    In his own words he confirmed his insurance jumped almost $5000/year due to his age. How many senior citizens can afford that kind of increase? I know I can't.
    • Karen Benson ·  Top Commenter
      Isn't Harry Reid on Medicare? Why is he buying insurance on the ACA exchanges?
      • Jon C Hamel ·  Top Commenter
        I should of wrote, (himself and staff).

        Medicare? . . . well he is of that age . . . however, I do believe he is covered outside of Medicare as long as he is in Congress . . . and perhaps beyond. I believe this is also true for past and present members of Congress, the Courts and the President. It would be interesting to see if that entitlement is extended also in the States.
      • Karen Benson ·  Top Commenter
        The answer to my question is, if you are still working you can have employer supplied insurance in fact it pays first.

        If the employer has more than 20 employees, the group health plan generally pays first.
        If the group health plan didn't pay all of your bill, the doctor or health care provider should send the bill to Medicare for secondary payment. Medicare will look at what your group health plan paid, and pay any additional costs up to the Medicare-approved amount . You'll have to pay whatever costs Medicare or the group health plan doesn't cover.
        Generally, employers I'm 65 or older and have group health plan coverage based on my current employment (or the current employment of a spouse of any age), and my employer has 20 or more employees.with 20 or more employees must offer current employees 65 and older the same health benefits, under the same conditions, that they offer younger employees. If the employer offers coverage to spouses, they must offer the same coverage to spouses 65 and older that they offer to spouses under 65.
      • Jon C Hamel ·  Top Commenter
        Karen Benson: Thank-you. In a few years I too will be wedded to that system.
    • Douglas Rodgers ·  Top Commenter
      Senator, I work for a living and under the ACA my insurance went up 25% and my doctor has changed his practice, so no I can't keep my doctor and my rates went up, two men say there Jesus one of them must be wrong which is it sir?
      • Anna Hall Bohach ·  Top Commenter
        Hey Harry...when Barry exempts his friends, political contributors, unions, and illegal aliens, is he following the law too? When he delays the law's implementation for some but not others, forces insurance companies to cancel plans, and then tells then he will "waive" prosecution of these companies if they re-instated the very plans his law cancelled, is he still following the law? Reid, can you even tell us what the law is? Go ask Pelosi, I mean, its passed now...
        • Linda Jacobs-Pence · President at Owner of First Rate Metal Fab.
          This is what we will live with when we have an elite society vs, us regular folk. Brave new world people., As soon as BO started giving waivers to some groups it began.
          • Bill Yearout ·  Top Commenter · Works at The Korte Company
            150,000 million families? Wow!
          • Adam Harden ·  Top Commenter · NYU School of Law
            There aren't 150 million different families in America, so how in the heck are over 150 million different families getting healthcare from their employers?!?
            • Keith Estabrook ·  Top Commenter · Humboldt State University
              "There aren't 150 million different families in America, so how in the heck are over 150 million different families getting healthcare from their employers?!?"

              Let alone 150,000 MILLION families. That would be 150 BILLION! No wonder Mr. Reid doesn't want to face up to dealing with budgets; his grasp of mathematics sucks.

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