Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, one of Obamacare’s architects and staunchest supporters, is also the only top congressional leader to exempt some of his staff from having to buy insurance through the law’s new exchanges.
Reid is the exception among the other top congressional leaders. 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, their aides said.
In the charged atmosphere surrounding Obamacare, Reid’s decision only gives Republicans more ammo to attack Democrats already suffering politically from the law’s botched rollout.
In September, Reid told reporters, “Let’s stop these really juvenile political games — the one dealing with health care for senators and House members and our staff. We are going to be part of exchanges, that’s what the law says and we’ll be part of that.”
That’s true. Reid and his personal staff will buy insurance through the exchange.
But it’s also true that the law lets lawmakers decide if their committee and leadership staffers hold on to their federal employee insurance plans, an option Reid has exercised.
Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson emphasized, “We are just following the law.”
At first I was going to skip by this… what’s one more lie and consummate example of hypocrisy from a professional fraudster, like Harry Reid?
But the more I thought about it, the more I realized at least one quote in the story must be highlighted: “Former Reid staffer Jim Manley defended his old boss, arguing that ‘the only people hypocritical here are Republicans, who made this an issue in the first place.'”
This is yet another example of the bankruptcy of journalism today. Manley’s statement makes absolutely no logical sense, yet the reporter included it in the article. No defense of the claim. No reasoning that could even vaguely substantiate what is being said. Just a statement that somehow the Republicans are guilty of hypocrisy and Reid is not.
Yet Harry Reid is demonstrating that this “wonderful” Obamacare he foisted on we mere mortals is not good enough for members of his staff. That is a textbook example of hypocrisy, and the reporter should have refused to use the quote unless Manley could defend it.
Journalism is not printing anything and everything a person says to present his case—that’s Public Relations. Journalism exposes the truth or falsity of the statements being made.
Calling Chris Frates an “investigative correspondent” in this context is a farce. He is acting as a PR hack, not a journalist. And, yes, Harry Reid is a colossal hypocrite in this instance, without question.