By Jack Minor –
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stirred up outrage on Wednesday when he said all of those Americans who have come forward with stories of losing their have lost their health care policies or their doctors are all lying and there are no “horror stories” regarding Obamacare’s implementation.
The Nevada Democrat made the extraordinary claims on the Senate floor when he was defending Obamacare.
“There’s plenty of horror stories being told,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “All of them are untrue, but they’re being told all over America.”
He went on to say the true stories were those that the law helped.
Reid’s comments were shocking because by his use of the word “all” he was boldly stating that all of those who have come forward with letters indicating they have lost their insurance or have said they have lost their doctor are all lying and that no such thing has ever happened.
The statement that millions of Americans are lying about problems with Obamacare and not a single one of them was telling the truth prompted an immediate outcry from Republicans on behalf of their constituents who have suffered under the law. Republicans blasted out an email on the issue saying in the subject line, “They’re all lying?”
A spokesman for Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo asked if he really believe all of those in the state are making up their claims.
“A fair question for the Majority Leader’s office today: Does Harry Reid believe Missiourians are making this up?”
Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. demanded an apology from Reid for calling those who have suffered problems with Obamacare liars.
“The majority leader, and any Democrat who agrees with him, owes an apology to all Americans who are suffering under this disastrous law and whose personal stories he has dismissed as ‘untrue,’” he said.
Members of the media quickly came to Reid’s defense saying he did not say what he plainly said. The Washington Post said, “Reid referred to ads being run by conservative groups featuring the stories of people affected by the Affordable Care Act.” However, when one listens to his comments, no such distinction was made.
In an attempt to contain the damage, Reid said when he said all of the stories were “untrue” he didn’t really mean it.
He claimed that rather than “all” he only meant the “vast majority” of stories featured in ads criticizing Democrats. However, he inflamed the issue when he went on to say the Koch brothers who have paid for some of the ads, “un-American.”
In response, Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips said Reid had effectively “attacked the character and integrity of every American who had the courage to share how they’re being hurt by the president’s health care law.”