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Reid: ‘All of’ the Obamacare Horror Stories ‘Are Untrue’

Senate majority leader Harry Reid seems pretty confident no one is being harmed by the president’s health-care law. “There’s plenty of horror stories being told [about Obamacare],” Reid said on the floor of the Senate today. “All of them are untrue.”

He addressed a couple stories of people left in a lurch by the law that have been featured in advertisements run by Americans for Prosperity, the veracity of which he and others have questioned. The only place you can hear about bad things happening due to Obamacare, Reid said, is in ads paid for by Charles and David Koch.

“These two brothers are trying to buy America,” Reid said of the two fraternal “oil magnates” (Koch Industries isn’t really an oil company).

As Alec pointed out on NRO earlier this week, this isn’t quite accurate: Notorious purveyors of conservative tall tales such as the New York Times and the Washington Post have been cataloguing some pretty desperate situations the ACA has put Americans into.

UPDATE: Koch Industries notes that this is the third time Reid’s brought up the brothers on the Senate floor since January 30. “While Charles Koch and David Koch were not responsible for the advertisement in question,” a statement from the firm says, “we believe it is disgraceful that Senator Reid and his fellow Democrats are attacking a cancer victim as part of their campaign against Charles Koch and David Koch.”

Patrick Brennan was a senior communications official at the Department of Health and Human Services during the Trump administration and is former opinion editor of National Review Online.


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