EDITORIAL: Hypocritical Harry Gives Obamacare Another Surprise Blow

HNN Staff
Harry Reid
Harry Reid

Just when you didn't think anything else could go wrong for President Obama's signature domestic piece of legislation, Obamacare got a taste of "friendly fire" this week.  

Yes, the President can't blame the press, the bureacracy, uninterested young people, or even the Republicans this time.  

In fact, when it comes to enrolling one's staff into the Obamacare system, Republican House Speaker John Boehner does better by the President than even one very visible leader in Obama's own Democratic Party.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) had decided to allow his staff to forego joining the Obamacare system.  A clearer reason why the American public is bone tired of elected leaders passing laws on the rest of us, while making exceptions for themselves or favorite individuals, would be hard to find. 

Now how can Harry Reid look the Ameircan public in the eye and be a good salesman for the Obamacare system. After all, there can be no doubt that he is letting his own staff off the hook because they--and he--don't think Obamacare makes the grade for them personally.

So when Republicans in the U.S. Senate want to dismantle all or part of Obamacare next year, how can Harry Reid really object?  All any of the Republicans (and Democrats) who would vote for such measures will laugh Reid out of the Senate chamber when he tries to mount a brave defense for his President's health care plan.  

After all, Harry's staff has already opted out, and so many millions of Americans want to join them.  Why aren't they allowed to just that?

Oh yes, we forgot:  there was that very close, partisan vote, crammed through the Congress in the first year of the new President's first term. Those were the days when we heard such intellectual marvels as House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi telling us that "we have to pass the Obamacare care bill first before we can know what's inside it."

From start to finish, Obamacare has been one of the most difficult pieces of federal legislation to defend.  Now that Harry Reid has given up defending it to his own staff, we wonder how much longer this unfortunate bill has to go on life support.


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