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March 29, 2015

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Harry Reid: Mitt Romney’s position on health care ‘absurd’

On the evening of the Affordable Care Act’s two-year anniversary, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., took Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney to task for opposing the landmark health care law.

On a conference call for President Obama’s re-election campaign, Reid criticized Romney for saying he would “get rid” of Planned Parenthood and for opposing mandated insurance coverage of contraception.

“I can’t make anything up so absurd as that,” Reid said. “What he said is women are on their own, they should shop around for life-saving breast cancer and cervical cancer screening.”

During a campaign stop in Peoria, Ill., last week, Romney said voters should “vote for the other guy” if they want “free stuff,” adding that women could go elsewhere for health care rather than expecting the government to keep funding Planned Parenthood, according to the Associated Press.

As the rhetoric surrounding the two-year anniversary of the law's passage intensifies, Republicans argue the health care law has not lowered medical and insurance costs as Democrats promised.

“President Obama promised that his health care plan would help America’s families by decreasing premiums and costs, but instead we got the massive Obamacare law that is increasing costs for families, increasing our nation’s debt and making it harder for job creators to stay in business,” Darren Littell, Nevada spokesman for the Republican National Committee, said.

Democrats have for weeks been promoting the more popular elements of the health care law, including requiring insurance companies to cover children with pre-existing conditions, allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ plan longer and providing prescription drug assistance to senior citizens.

The health care law faces a key hurdle on Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on its constitutionality.

On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., said during a telephone town hall meeting that Justice Elena Kagan should recuse herself from the case because of her prior job as solicitor general.

Reid disagreed. Reid also complimented Gov. Brian Sandoval for implementing the health care law in Nevada despite his philosophical objection to the legislation.

“I admire Gov. Sandoval for doing that,” he said. “Some people around the country are such ideologues they just ignored that, and it’s not fair to the people. So, I applaud Gov. Sandoval for going ahead and looking at this.”

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  1. As a 'national politician'...

    Mitt Romney is Failure on Steroids.

    'RomneyCare' is a gigantic albatross 'round the neck of our man Mitt...he'll never heave that gargantuan beast off of his substantial shoulders...

    But that's not the Mitten Man's only, or even biggest obstacle...
    Every time he opens his gaping maw to utter the latest 'Mittism', or tries to share some down home bonhomie, faux-folksie folderal, American's don't see 'Mitt Romney, the person'...they see 'Mitt Romney, Plastic Candidate Man'.
    "I'm Mitt Romney...and I am definitely NOT COMFORTABLE in my own skin! Heck, just LOOK at me; I'm a walking, talking bundle of contradictions!"

  2. One of the problems with ObamaCare is that it is next to impossible to get any credible information and access for it. There is a need for insurance that has NO exclusions, that serves people, not profiteering corporations turning a dime.

    Those who have the means don't readily need it until they face being excluded by an insurance company for a condition...don't have it now? Don't worry, give enough time, as you age, it will happen!

    There's no doubt that there are many many bugs in the Affordable Care Act that needs refinement. There was a documentary on PBS the past month on providing health care for all, regardless of ability to pay, being modeled in several cities throughout the USA. Proactive healthcare is far more effective (and less costly, imagine that!) than reactive healthcare.

    Let's just take care of citizens. If we do that first, the cost saving benefits will truly follow.

    Blessings and Peace,

  3. No contraception for poor people .This should increase the amount of babies
    born to poor people. Who is going to pay for these children ? Who is going to complain about their taxes being spent to care for these children? Wouldn't it be cheaper to pay for birth control ?

  4. Harry the Red is an expert on "absurd" sayings! He and Joe Biden ought to go on the road with their inane act! Both suffer greatly from "Foot-In-Mouth" disease." How does one know when Harry the Red is saying something "absurd?" His lips are moving!

  5. A lot of mean people out there who think that by attacking Reid they can ignore the rhetoric of Mitt Romney regarding health care, specifically his plans to not fund Planned Parenthood. Women, do not vote against your own best self interest by voting for candidates who want to eliminate your health care choices.

  6. Obama-Care is only free for the parasites who have never provided anything usefull to society.

  7. Hey Fink, if you don't know what the hell you're talking about, don't say nothin!!!