The Democrats in Washington are running away as fast as they can from ObamaCare.
Mainstream national news affiliates still register majority discontent with President Obama’s signature legislation. Healthcare.gov has been shut down and restarted many times since its botched rollout in October, 2013. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius then lied to Congress, claiming that seven million enrollees was never the Obama Administration’s goal.
President Obama has been hammered, even by left-leaning fact-checkers, that the greatest lie of 2013 was “If you like your health plan, you can keep it,” followed by “if you like your doctor, you can keep him.”
Millions of Americans are complaining, sparing not their frustration about a President’s ambitious law which has done the exact opposite of what was intended. Millions have lost their health insurance, only to be forced to purchase a more expensive plan, to settle with unforeseen costs out-of-pocket, or to strain to find doctors who will take the coverage. More physicians are leaving the profession than ever before, and yet the Obama Administration and the chief architects of the law, including Congressman Henry Waxman (D-California) still claim that the Affordable Care Act is doing far more good than harm.
Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid went one step further, and too far, claiming that all the horror stories about Obama care “are not true.”
The pain and frustration felt by Americans losing their health insurance, losing their doctors, losing their jobs, losing their access to quality health care with rising premiums: they are all lying.
Like the quack calling the patient wrong, Senator Reid has neither moral nor factual standing to challenge anyone on truth and error. Not just working Americans, but media elites such as Donna Brazile have acknowledged that their health care premiums are rising. Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), who will be retiring this year because of pancreatic cancer, has shared that he lost his primary doctor because of ObamaCare.
Of course, there was also the twenty-two hour talk-a-thon from Senator Ted Cruz, who read off letters and reports from constituents all over the country struggling to make ends meet, pay their bills, and even find work because of ObamaCare.
Would Senator Reid like to call the American people liars because they have been adversely affected by President Obama’s disastrous overreach into health care? Would he care to sympathize with the rising tide of part-time employees still facing full-time financial needs? Would he like to confront Ms Julie Boonstra of Michigan, who has shared on talk shows and with newspaper reports that she was lied to, that she had believed the President when he said that she could keep her health plan, yet she couldn’t?
Harry Reid was a boxer and a Washington D.C. police officer at one time. He still likes to fight, he still likes to bully others, and now he is taking his bullying fights to the American People.
“They’re lying!” has become the final, losing strategy of the struggling, US Senate Democratic Majority, even as Dems up for reelection, like Kay Hagan of North Carolina run from reporters and refuse to discuss their vote for ObamaCare. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana is running a “I was for it, but against how it was implemented” campaign, while Mark Pryor is hoping this his record of constituent service will balance out Arkansas’ conservative resistance to ObamaCare, federal encroachment, and ultimately their current Senator.
“They’re lying!” cannot silence Ms. Boonstra, and the slanderous charge of falsehood will not restore the health coverage which millions of American have lost. “They’re lying!” will not bring back the thousands of medical personnel who are fleeing the profession because of the federal invasion of paperwork, mandates, and regulations. Doctors will face heavy fines if they do not switch their record keeping over to electronic files. Rather than pay such penalties, physicians even in states as liberal and government-based as Massachusetts are quitting.
Reid’s pugilist attempt to call the American People liars, and then to blame the Koch Brothers for the ills of the federal government, even claiming that the Kansas-based oil magnates want to buy this country, as simply not working.
Reid will likely lose his majority status, and may find himself facing not just a serious challenge to his seat in 2016, but a forced retirement.