Harry Reid says Democrats won’t ‘bow to tea party anarchists’ on defunding Obamacare
On the Senate Floor earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made it patently clear to everyone that the so-called “anarchists” comprising the Republican Party aren’t going to get their way.
“We’re not going to bow to tea party anarchists who deny the mere fact that Obamacare is the law. We will not bow to tea party anarchists who refuse to accept that the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare is constitutional,” Reid said in a blistering opening speech. “The simple fact remains: Obamacare is the law of the land and will remain the law of the land as long as Barack Obama is president of the United States and as long as I’m Senate majority leader.”
Reid is obviously pointing to Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee and others who are pushing for a budget which excludes funding for Obamacare.
He then warned that warning that no defunding of Obamacare will ever happen while Barack Obama is president and he is majority leader.
“Mr. President, inside the House Republican bubble, the crowd cheered a plan to deny health insurance to tens of millions of Americans. Outside the House Republican bubble, reaction was altogether different,” Reid insisted, even though polls show most Americans disapprove of Obamacare.
“The radical tea-party plan to shut down the government – unless Democrats are ready to deny funding to Obamacare, passed by the House of Representatives on Friday – has been called the dumbest idea ever by one Republican senator,” he said. It has been called a ‘box canyon,’ a ‘morass’ from which the ‘Republicans will not escape unscathed,’ by a second Republican senator. It has been called ‘dishonest’ by one Republican senator, and a ‘suicide note by another Republican senator.”
Even while attempting to portray himself as the voice of reason, Reid appeared unwilling to negotiate.
“So, Mr. President, the reviews are in and they’re universal. The ransom demanded by Republicans is unworkable and unrealistic,” he said. “President Obama has been clear, and I’ve been clear. Any bill that defunds [Obamacare] is dead on arrival in the Senate. The Affordable Care Act has been the law of the land for four years now. Democrats are willing to work with reasonable Republicans to improve this law, but we will now understand that there is an anarchy movement that’s afoot.”