Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid dropped the mask.
The Obamacare law he muscled through the Senate in a welter of bribery and lies in 2010 was only the beginning of a plan to put the entire United States health system in the hands of the federal government, Reid, D-Nev., told the home-state “Nevada Week in Review” on Friday.
“What we’ve done with Obamacare is have a step in the right direction, but we’re far from having something that’s going to work forever,” Reid said, according to the Las Vegas Sun.
And when asked whether he meant the United States would have to adopt a nationalized health-care system that didn’t include private insurance, Reid replied: “Yes, yes. Absolutely, yes.”
That’s no small admission about a massive plan that’s supposed to open for business only six weeks from now, when the state-level health-care exchanges start signing up Americans who lack health insurance.
But it’s an even bigger admission when it’s a Senate majority leader admitting the president of his own party was lying throughout the Obamacare debate when he reassured Americans that national health care wasn’t the real goal goal.
“[N]o matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period,” President Obama said at a 2009 American Medical Association convention, , according to the Wall Street Journal.
“If you like your health-care plan, you will be able to keep your health-care plan. Period.” Obama said. “No one will take it away. No matter what. My view is that health-care reform should be guided by a simple principle: fix what’s broken and build on what works.”
But Reid’s comments Friday suggest Obama never meant a word of that “promise.”
It was only the politics of the moment that prevented Obamacare’s backers in the Senate from pushing for the benign-sounding “public option,” the nationalization of health care.
“We had a real good run at the public option,” Reid said. “Don’t think we didn’t have a tremendous number of people who wanted a single-payer system.”
But opposition and unreliable allies — such as U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman, a former Democrat from Connecticut who became an independent — forced the compromise of Obamacare, Reid said.
“We had to get a majority of votes,” Reid said. “In fact, we had to get a little extra in the Senate. We have to get 60.”
So, does anyone think Reid and Obama will they say what they have to — lie again if they have to — to push the country further down the road to a disaster of national health care?
As Reid said Friday night: “Yes, yes. Absolutely, yes.”
HT: American Thinker
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