Harry Reid: We Need More Money For Obamacare


While many of us been saying that the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, was a trainwreck, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) still has not taken the "red pill" and affirmed that is what it is. However, Reid told radio host Rusty Humphries that it could become one if it's not implemented properly. With that said, Reid said that Barack Obama would be needing money, which he would take from "less important" things, to fund the behemoth that is Obamacare.

"Max said unless we implement this properly it's going to be a train wreck, and I agree with him," Reid said, recalling a warning delivered last month by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT).

He also tried to pin the problem on the Republican Congress, who I will point out didn't cast a vote for Obamacare, but did fund the entire implementation of it. He said they were opposing the spending of enough money to implement it.

"Here's what we have now, we have the menu but we don't have any way to get to the menu," Reid said.

Then he shifted gears and said that Barack Obama would do whatever he needed to do to make sure it was funded. He failed to mention why Obama wouldn't do that earlier instead of releasing aggravated felons into the population because of sequestration. Of course, they acknowledged something along those lines after the fact.

"The president is taking money — I wish we had the money just to do this on its own, but he's agreed, he's determined he's going to take money from some of the other things that he feels are less important in the healthcare bill and put it on letting you and others know what's in the bill," Reid told a caller to the show.

He also continued to defend the massive health care law that is anything but affordable. "I believe that a country of our size, the only superpower left in the world — it's not right that we have 50-60 million people … with no health insurance," he said. "We have to have a program where health insurance shouldn't go to people who are rich, people who are upper-middle class. I believe the middle class and people below the middle class deserve to go to the hospital when they're sick."

"I believe the middle class and people who are below the middle class deserve to go to the hospital when they are sick," he added. "You shouldn't have to declare bankruptcy when you have a traffic accident or some dreaded disease hits your family."

While he claimed to be familiar with the bill that was thousands of pages long. "Of course I read it. I didn't sit down on a Friday evening and read it. This legislation was drafted over a period of months and months," he said. "I can pass a test on it. I knew the law pretty well."

Townhall's Guy Benson addresses Reid's arguments, especially as he tries to pin the issue of underfunding Obamacare on the Republican Congress. He writes,

Where to begin?  First, notice how these problems are never, ever the fault of the disastrous law itself.  No, it's always the Republicans' fault -- or the public's, for not properly understanding how great the new program really is.  President Obama effectively advanced the latter argument at his Tuesday press conference: Ninety percent of you rubes are already enjoying the wonders of my munificence, even if you're too dense to realize it.  Thus, now we're back to Democrats lamenting their inability to "tell better stories" or whatever, even though they've had the presidential bully pulpit for five years, and a generally pliant media running interference for them.  We're informed that a law whose price tag has already doubled -- and is likely to rise even further --  requires additional taxpayer dollars to finance yet another PR campaign for itself.  But weren't Obamacare's provisions going to convince us all, just as soon as it was fully implemented?  Lower premiums!  Reduced deficits!  Cost curve down!  Keep your plan!  Plenty of doctors!  None of that is actually happening, though, so the only conceivable solution is to appropriate more money to temporarily prop up public perceptions for awhile.  "Re-education" funds, as Kathleen Sebelius might call them.  Nevertheless, no amount of slick advertising can erase what even elected Democrats and mainstream journalists can see with their own two eyes.  (Part-time worker?  Sorry, bud).  Empirical results are almost irrelevant to the party of "science."  Case in point: A hot-off-the-presses landmark study on Medicaid, the results of which are devastating to government healthcare cheerleaders.


In a sane political world populated by quasi-rational actors, this research would be a true game-changer.  Here we have solid, methodologically-sound evidence that an enormously expensive government program -- Medicaid -- is failing to improve health outcomes for low income Americans, compared to being uninsured.  Which is the entire point of the program.  It turns out that Medicaid recipients also aren't cutting down on hospital and emergency room visits, another favored talking point for universal coverage.  The primary difference between beneficiaries and their uninsured counterparts is that the former group uses healthcare services more, thus raising expenditures.  One of this study's co-authors just happens to be a key designer of Obamacare (MIT's Jon Gruber), so this can't be written off some right-wing hatchet job, either.  The new program Gruber helped create calls for the massive expansion (by 11 million people) of an old program that Gruber has now determined doesn't work.  Ta-da!  Liberal activists and journalists, meanwhile, are feverishly churning out copy to distort the results and salvage what they can from this catastrophic blow.  Be sure to check out Avik Roy's must-read piece that methodically rebuts apologists' straw-grasping.  But will this data earthquake impact actual policy one wit? 

I think Allahpundit may have the correct perspective on this as he writes, "This is an "identity" issue for Democrats — they'll fight to protect the welfare state, whether it works or not, whether we can afford it or not — and as with abortion (or guns on the right), they won't cede an inch on "slippery slope" grounds."

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  • raggiedolly

    Why would you need more money for OBAMA CARE wasn't it suppose to be free? You are as dumb as a box of rocks. Harry, why don't you be a hero and abolish Obama Care.

  • TAM44

    I just went and took an obama and used some harry reid to wipe my pelosi.

  • bull57

    Sorry Prince Harry, the cost already doubled once. No more cash for Barry's healthcare bullshit!

  • Liberty1776

    This was never meant to be affordable , it was meant to tax tax tax and build up the deficit and drag America down even more. Just one small part of the Communist/Socialist/Marxist UN One World Order agenda in Washington, and I don't just mean the Democrats it is the Republicans as well.

  • Walt

    When does it get Affordable?

    • raggiedolly

      never and when it gets when you are too old you are dead. death panel in that thing.

  • Simonbarsinister

    No Welfare to Immigrants and their offspring, no matter where they are from. Ween the animals from the teet of America. Come on over but there is no free ride, or just go back home.

    • raggiedolly

      you can say that again.

  • TexRancher

    Reid said it, Then Reid means to do just what democrats have always done; Go out and steal more from us!

  • LYNCH

    AND THE GRAND MUMMY OF THE PARTY COMES FORTH TO COUGH JUST ENOUGH DUST FROM IT'S ANCIENT LUNGS TO EARN THAT PAY. THESE DAYS IT TRULY IS LIKE LOOKING AT LON CHANEY IN THE ORIGINAL WHEN "harold" SPEAKS. BEST GET THE STUFFINGS READY FOR THIS ONE TO PRESERVE IT QUICKLY.

  • Robert Vick

    There is politics and truth. We hear your politics. We wish you would simply tell the truth. Obamacare is poor, and costly legislation that should be rescinded and stopped, immediately.

  • Dave

    why dont you get the 400 million you gave back to the Iraq people durring the war.
    Oh yea how about the 40 billion dollars worth of millitary stuff you guys left over there ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/matheus.grunt Matheus Grunt

    Screw this old man and I can't wait for the day when he is arrested on charges of treason by citizens!

  • fwiw

    Because more money will lower healthcare costs even more?

  • RobertNorwood

    It's all a part of Obama's "China Trap". Bankrupt us to China, stall the keystone pipeline until Canada says screw you and sells to...oh, China, who knew!!! Obama is a lazy unprincipled crook subverted to being a communist agent and nothing he does will affect him personally. His un-illustrious presidency, questionable legacy, is not as important as the wealth and celebrity he'll enjoy afterwards. He is beholding to many special interests but the big holders are the Chinese. Reverend King's statue was contracted to the Chin and just look, put it side by side to one of Chairman Mao. Is a pattern emerging here?

  • RobertNorwood

    Gee...who knew? Oops, that was US.

  • becky

    Go suck rotten eggs Reid. If you have YOUR way, along with all your Commie pals, we will soon NOT be the only remaining Super Power. In fact, all of you HATE the fact that we're STILL standing. You wanted the US DEAD long before this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1668431048 Tim Lucas

    Harry wants to fund a failure like we don't have plenty of those. Harry wants to throw more money away like we haven't done that already. How about what the people want Harry? How about what I want? I want to line the lot of you up on a wall and read to you. After I list those treasonous acts I want all of you shot Immediately by firing squad. All of you have out grown us. We are but a man that puts his pants on one leg at a time. What are you and those like you Harry? America is not an imperial country. We have three branches not just the bully pulpit. To tell you the truth I haven't slept good since Ronald Reagan. He was comfortable and straight up. What you people are doesn't even come close to being honest. It's like we are covered in slime and we can't get it off. Pin their ears back in 2014 while there is still a chance.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.huggins.144 Paul Huggins

    Reid can kiss me where the sun doesn't shine

  • donthaveagun

    Some how I really think obamacare is going to be a waste and a disaster. People probably won;t get the treatment they need or if they do there will be conditions put upon them.

    • becky

      Treatment has ALREADY been cut to people over 70 according to my mother's doctor. Sure they'll see you and tell you you have cancer. They just won't DO anything about it. Isn't that lovely people? But those ILLEGALS will get medical care. And THAT is all this was EVER about. Cutting out Americans and giving care to those new democrat voters - as soon as they can shove AMNESTY down our throats.

  • monacall

    ya know if more working people were more responsible for their own well being instead of depending on their employers to take care of them with health care.....we probably wouldn't be in this mess. like for example.......just get catastrophe health insurance.....no one unless they are really ill need to see the doctor for every little sniffle.....like young people....18 to 30 lets say (example) this age group very rarely go to ....the doctor so those costs could be saved.....people say they cant afford it......oh yep.....but usually they have a brand new house, two new or fairly new cars, boats, bikes, snow mobiles, etc. but yet they cant afford their own health insurance. get with it people.....get your responsibilities straight
    tax payers have got to get their act straight and stop paying for all of this free stuff.....how we do that is elect people that are true americans...
    or what we could do is quit working? all at the same time. no work no pay roll tax....no taxes.....no taxes...no money for the government...........

  • ste1021

    MORE money! MORE money1 MORE money! Yes, the lies are really catching up to these guys. Wasn't long ago they were telling us we would save money under ObamaCare. MORE lies! MORE lies! MORE lies!