Harry Reid (D-Nev.), chose to exempt his staff from signing up for health insurance under the Obamacare exchanges in today's biggest non-story. PHOTO: Reuters
Harry Reid granted his staff an exemption from signing up for health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges, sparking interest and anger from right wing circles. Reid, as Democratic Senate Majority Leader, has been one of Obamacare’s top supporters since the bill became law. Now that Reid has allowed his staff to keep their federal health plan instead of going into the exchanges, the tweets are blazing away from the right.
“O-Care is the law? Not for Harry Reid’s exempt aides!” declares the conservative Twitchy Team.
“Socialism isn’t for the socialists,” states The Tea Party Net.
“There’s always two sets of rules in #Socialism,” announces Brad Thor.
Guys, you need a new hobby.
Since 2010, the entire right wing of America has had a singular focus: Obamacare. The Republican Party made Obamacare their top issue in 2010, 2012, and that’s still the plan for 2014. While some Republicans may want to shift attention to immigration or the budget or something where they might actually get anything done, the far right Tea Party wing of the Republican Party is still obsessed with Obamacare. That’s how Reid granting his staff an exemption becomes a huge story.
Under Obamacare, people who receive health insurance through the federal government can keep their health insurance rather than entering into the health exchanges. Reid previously said that he would have his staff use the exchanges, but he apparently decided not to. The irony with the right wing anger is that the previous Obamacare issue that they were angry about was people not getting to keep their insurance.
The Harry Reid staff exemption story deserves to be a below-the-fold piece on Politico. It’s really not that big a story. The real story here is the right wing’s obsession with Obamacare, and how every detail reinforces their notion that this is some sort of evil, socialist power grab. America has one of the least efficient health care systems in the developed world. Maybe instead of freaking out over Harry Reid, the right wing could try to come up with some actual improvements to Obamacare.
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