Now with the government shut down, America should have serious questions for Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
During the weekend budget negotiations, Reid was AWOL and did not even bring back the United States Senate into session on Sunday after the House of Representatives softened its position and passed a bill that would only delay Obamacare for a year on Saturday. Instead of doing his job, he was too busy finding unhinged adjectives to call Republicans, such as “Tea Party Anarchists.”
Then, as the Republican-controlled House worked diligently into Monday evening to pass multiple budgets hours before the new fiscal year, Reid again made it clear that enacting the fatally flawed Obamacare insurance mandate was so important, that he would shut down the government to protect it.
A major point of contention for Reid was the proposed requirements that Members of Congress and their staff be forced onto Obamacare exchanges, just like the rest of America. Of the 251 Democrats (including 2 Independents that caucus with Democrats) who voted in the House and Senate Monday night, 242 – over 96 percent – think that Congress should be exempted from Obamacare’s regulations.
The mainstream media is ignoring Harry Reid’s shameful actions, as it goes against their false narrative that Republicans are refusing to compromise. Republicans offered to fund all other aspects of the bloated Federal Leviathan – even the parts they don’t particularly like – and yet that was still unacceptable to the uncompromising Reid.
At no time has the media focused on Harry Reid’s avoidance of compromise. And don’t count on that during the wall-to-wall shutdown coverage, as more Americans will likely be reminded that Reid’s lobbyist friend Harvey Whittemore was sentenced on Monday to two years in prison for illegally funneling more than $130,000 to Reid’s campaign.
In reality, Harry Reid is the one politician to blame for the shutdown. Reid wanted the government to shut down because he believes that Democrats are in a better political position after a shutdown takes effect. I beg to differ, as Democrat West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin has already called for a one-year delay of Obamacare’s individual mandate and I’ll bet endangered Democrat Senators Mark Pryor, Mary Landrieu, Mark Begich, and Kay Hagan are more than a bit nervous for siding with Harry Reid and his position of no compromise on Obamacare.
Obamacare needs at least a one-year delay because it’s clearly not ready to go. The Healthcare.gov website is an unmitigated disaster, unvetted exchange employees now want you to share with them the most intimate details of your life, and jobs are being lost thanks to this healthcare law.
It is time for Reid to open the government and admit the problems of Obamacare, and work with Republicans on serious healthcare solutions.